Spotlight Sailor – AWSC Paul Marticorena
AWSC Paul Marticorena
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Chief Petty Officer, Naval Aircrewman, Selected Reserve
MH-60S helicopter subject matter expert where he develops and maintains curriculum for Helicopter Combat Support Weapon Schools (HSCWS)
Simi Valley, California
Chief Marticorena spent a year on orders at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HSC-3), an active duty Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), which is the training command for MH-60S pilots and aircrewmen. The command was transitioning the pilots and aircrewman from several fleet squadrons from the H-60F/H to the MH-60S. During that year he augmented the active duty aircrew instructors by flying with and instructing active duty students.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
It is hard to put into words how I have benefited from the Navy and Navy Reserves. I have been involved with the Navy as an active duty member, reservist and Contractor all my adult life. I can say everything I have has been a direct result of my experiences and the opportunities the Navy has given me.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I chose to join the Navy Reserve for many reasons; the biggest being is it allowed me to continue to be part of something bigger than myself. I believe I have one of the best jobs in the Navy as a Helicopter crew chief and rescue swimmer and being a reservist I am allowed to continue to have an active role in the community. I am currently an in-flight instructor teaching active duty Aircrewman and Pilots. I have 17 years of experience and 4,500 flight hours. My Reserve duty allows me to help Sailors just starting their careers.
In my Navy…
In my Navy there are selfless Heros everywhere, not looking for recognition but simply trying to serve and make their country a better place.