Spotlight Sailor – CE2 David Poarch
CE2 David E. Poarch
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
David E. Poarch
Petty Officer Second Class, Construction Electrician, Selected Reserve
Sales Department, Verizon Wireless
Petty Officer Poarch proudly represents the Navy in a number of ways. In addition to serving as an ambassador for the fleet by recruiting other men and women into the armed forces, he is a member of the Funeral Honors Detail for Navy Operational Support Center Bessemer (Alabama) and is often requested by name to play Taps during the service, honoring other veterans who have served their country.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve is an extremely unique entity. It has allowed me the utmost degree of flexibility possible in today’s armed forces. I have lived in six different locations, one in each time zone, during my drilling tenure in the Navy Reserve, but these differing locales were of my own choosing. I’ve moved around for work and other personal reasons, all while being able to successfully transfer without worry about being accepted in the next location. Now, obviously this is not a guarantee, but the chances were high for me at each transfer to maintain my same job in a different locale. The Reserves’ amount of flexibility offered is invaluable, especially to Reservists who have to be able to successfully balance not one, but TWO careers, family, etc. I can’t tell you how much that benefit is not lost on me.
I have also been using my Post 9/11 GI Bill to wrap up my degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix online; upon finishing, I will then commence on to my Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama online.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
Obviously, I wanted to enlist and serve my country. However, where I was in life, I wasn’t quite ready to jump into full active duty and be stationed in an unknown location. I desired, if possible, to be able to stay close to home and those I love and still be able to go to school. My recruiter advised me of the Reserve side and what it could offer for both myself and the Navy.
I continue to enjoy my time in the Reserves; whether it’s learning on the weekends or playing trumpet and traveling for the Funeral Honors Detail, the Reserve has afforded me a great deal of personal satisfaction. The flexibility of the Reserve is unparalleled. What an honor it is to be able to serve my country, travel, and play my trumpet for fallen veterans, and at the same time be close to my loved ones and pursue my civilian endeavors.
In my Navy…
exists an ever evolving entity with a spirit that never changes. We all come from extremely differing backgrounds and beliefs, but are able to come together, rally around the mission, push forward and get the job done. In my Navy, we are the past, present and the future of service not only to the United States, but to the World.