Spotlight Sailor – HMCM Rachel Lee Watson
HMCM Rachel Lee Watson
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Rachel Lee Watson
Master Chief Petty Officer, Hospital Corpsman, Selected Reserve
Owns and manages Desperado’s Gift Shop and Royalee Collectibles online gift shop
Master Chief Watson was mobilized nine months to Gulfport, Miss. in 2003 with the SeaBees in order to train units deploying to Iraq. She was again mobilized in 2011 to work in the Deployed Warrior Medical Management Center in Landstuhl, Germany.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has allowed me to meet the most amazing people while traveling around the World. On many assignments, my family has been able to travel with me. Another benefit is that the camaraderie among service members is incredible, especially in the Chief community. When I was on active duty for 6 years, I was able to achieve many lifelong goals. But once I transferred to the Navy Reserve, I was able to accomplish new goals, while enjoying time with family and friends.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I grew up as an Army Brat and loved the military lifestyle. I started out in the Navy Reserve and was fortunate to spend 6 years on Active Duty. I moved back to the Navy Reserve to open a gift shop with my husband and raise a family. The Navy provided me access to the GI Bill, allowing me to earn my degree in Elementary Education. I feel the Navy Reserve is a great way for people to learn specific skills and life lessons, take advantage of opportunities the military provides, and still apply themselves in civilian life.
In my Navy…
I hope to pass on the feelings of pride in service to our great Country, respect for the uniform and what it represents, and admiration for all who have gone before me to pave the way. I have always viewed the Navy Reserve as more than a job. I wish to empower Sailors to perform beyond what they ever thought possible and move the Navy Reserve forward with passion.