Spotlight Sailor – BMCM John Patrick Gurba
BMCM John Patrick Gurba
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
John Patrick Gurba
Master Chief Petty Officer, Boatswain’s Mate, Selected Reserve
Currently on deployment with the Navy in Kenya
Morocco (currently resides in Gretna, LA)
Master Chief Gurba has volunteered for mobilization three times since 2010, including his current mobilization in Kenya. In 2010, he mobilized to Qatar and was then deployed to the United Arab Emirates in 2013.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve allowed me to continue my Naval Service when I completed my active obligation. I have been able to work with the best equipment and the brightest, hardest working and patriotic American’s (Active and Reserve) from all branches of service this country has to offer! Doesn’t get any better than that!
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I knew that the Navy Reserve played a big part in past wars and continuing my service was important to me both professionally and personally. I am a Navy Brat and the Navy has been my life! The Navy Reserve has been a very important extension of my life and all my experiences throughout my career have helped define me as a Sailor and a person.
In my Navy…
I have been afforded a lot of opportunities. I have learned a trade and many other things that I otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to. As I grew and progressed in my career I was promoted and led others. I traveled the world and the seven seas, met people from foreign lands whom I had only read about in books. I have been able to serve my country “Honorably” and to “Stand the Watch” to ensure that the blanket of freedom is snug and keeping America safe.
But, the most important thing that the Navy has allowed me to do is to serve with and meet some great American men and women who don the uniform of our Armed Forces. Our countrymen are the most effective and important weapon in the U.S. inventory. I have been cold, tired, wet, hungry, sick and any other emotion you can think of at one time or another throughout my career and there was always a Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsmen there to help me along. Our services depend on these great warriors and our country can’t do without them. And I get to serve with them.