Spotlight Sailor – CTR1 Jeffrey Nelson
CTR1 Jeffrey Nelson
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer First Class, Cryptologic Technician, Selected Reserve
Licensed Practical Nurse
Petty Officer Nelson volunteers 16 hours per month as a Nurse at the Tacoma Detox Center, as well as volunteering nearly 40 hours per month as a Nurse at Pierce County Jail.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has allowed me to proudly serve the military [prior to joining the Reserve he served on active duty] once again as well as being close to home. I am also able to instill pride in our nation to those around me by leading by example. The Navy Reserve has also allowed my family and me to realize that we want to take this service a step further, so I am submitting my Officer Candidate School package to hopefully return to Active Duty as a Naval Officer.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
When I completed my active duty commitment, I was looking to focus on my education. While obtaining my education as a civilian is great and allows me to be at home with my family there was something missing, which was the sense of service to my country. The Reserves offered me the opportunity to once again serve my country with pride while being able to expand my expertise in different fields as well as spend quality time with my family.
In my Navy…
In my Navy, there are many changes that have occurred over the years. Even with these changes, there is an everlasting pride and honor that causes sailors to serve our country continuously, sacrificing much in order for others to have the luxuries that our nation allows.