Spotlight Sailor – HM1 Evelyn Bolden
HM1 Evelyn Bolden
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer First Class, Hospital Corpsman, Full Time Support
Full Time Support
Petty Officer Bolden spends a large portion of her free time giving back to her community. She is a team leader for “Tree of Life” with the American Cancer Society where she has raised over $1,600 in donations. She is also writing a book titled “Seasons” and plans to dedicate 25% of the profits to the “Tree of Life” program. Additionally, she volunteers at the local elementary school and is Vice President of Navy Operational Support Center New London’s First Class Petty Officer Association. She also volunteered her time to build five parks in response to Hurricane Katrina and has volunteered for Toys for Tots.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has been my extended family for almost 13 years. I have been able to serve with Active Duty Sailors and alongside some of the most talented, knowledgeable Reserve Component Members. My knowledge in the military has grown tremendously allowing me to acclimate to any situation as a Full Time Support Member. I utilize my Navy experience to continue to mentor Junior Sailors and the youth in my community by being a positive role model and consistently exuding positivity in all that I do.
Before I joined the Navy I was told, I have a calling for taking care of people. As a Nurse’s Aide in an Alzheimer’s Unit and providing in-home care to a stroke survivor, the basic training received to become a certified nursing assistant couldn’t prepare me for my decision to be a Hospital Corpsman. However, the training I received through the Navy has equipped me with the knowledge, confidence, and the skills that have assisted me in providing exceptional care to my members. The same training will also allow me to transition back into the Civilian Community when I retire.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I am a Full-Time Support Member where I serve alongside my Reserve Component Members. I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Unlike many members who joined the Navy after the September 11, 2001 attack, I knew that I wanted to join as a Full-Time Support member. I knew that I wanted to stay close to home, serve my country, and take care of my family and community while serving.
In my Navy…
our diversity has been our strength and our commitment to our Country is what makes us the world’s Greatest Navy!