Spotlight Sailor – HM2 Maria Alumalopez
HM2 Maria Alumalopez
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Second Class, Hospital Corpsman, Selected Reserve
Certified Medical Interpreter – Conducts medical and general interpreting for staff, patients and their families
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Alumalopez took part in Pacific Partnership 2012 where she deployed for 130 days aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). While underway, she participated in humanitarian and civic assistance missions to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
My service in the Navy Reserve has provided me with numerous benefits. Some are tangible benefits like medical insurance and military discounts. Also, there are the educational benefits available through the G.I bill. But the most important benefit is the sense of pride in serving my country through this great organization.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I wasn’t aware that, at my age, I was still eligible to join the military with the possibility of being activated. I love the fact that as a Reservist I can choose not only the best opportunities but, also I can choose when and where to go to serve my country. I chose the Navy Reserve for the opportunity to see the world and people. This is exactly what I was able to do when I was aboard the USNS Mercy during Pacific Partnership 2012.
In my Navy…
besides the pride of serving our country, we all have the opportunity to receive training, be a leader and work as a team.