Spotlight Sailor – ET1 Jose Ferreira
ET1 Jose E. Ferreira
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Jose E. Ferreira
Petty Officer First Class, Electronics Technician, Selected Reserve, Retired
Senior Application Engineer for the MKS Instruments
Freedom, California (resides in San Jose, California)
Petty Officer Jose Ferreira was one of the first reservists to work with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robotics during a critical juncture of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004. His technical expertise kept over 300 EOD robots operational which were utilized by EOD technicians to counter improvised explosive devices. Ferreira made sure that every EOD technician had a robot when needed. He was also responsible for training technicians on how to use the robots as well as writing standard operating procedures that are still in use today. After serving in OIF, he returned to serve as Command Career Counselor and Command Fitness Leader. During his tenure, he made sure that every member of his unit was promoted at least one pay grade.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has allowed me to proudly serve my country while being closer to my family and fulfilling my civilian career goals. I have utilized my Navy experience to help youth in my community and show them that there is more out there. I hope I have inspired some of them to become future engineers and/or Sailors. I’m very proud that was able to finish what I started on active duty and reach my Navy career goals while in the reserves.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
My family obligations made it necessary for me to shorten my active career. The Navy Reserve provided me a way to continue serving and fulfil my obligations. I have been blessed with having the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. I love the Navy and I love my family.
In my Navy…
Those who wanted to serve – did!