Spotlight Sailor – IS1 Michael Robinson
IS1 Michael Robinson
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer First Class, Intelligence Specialist, Selected Reserve
Senior Systems Engineer – NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Detroit, Michigan (currently resides in Huntington Beach, California)
Petty Officer Robinson is a dedicated volunteer in his community, dedicating his talents to mentor young soccer players, tutoring students at a local school and raising funds for the veterans’ organizations by training teams competing in Tough Mudder and Spartan Race events.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Serving in the Navy Reserve is definitely a rewarding opportunity that takes significant commitment. However, the return benefit is the pride of belonging to something greater and the ability to continue to contribute to our global War on Terrorism. At the end of the day, the most significant benefit is the continuance of service to my country, giving me the ability to concentrate on my professional career, take care of my family and still be able to answer the call of duty when my specific skillset is called upon.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I chose to serve in the Navy Reserve to continue my personal mission of serving my country. After 11 dedicated years of active duty service, I couldn’t just walk away, however I wanted to pursue a professional career and grow with my family. The Reserve allowed me to do just that. I currently have 17 years of service and will continue on my personal mission.
In my Navy…
we prepare our Sailors to stand the watch. We educate and train our Sailors to ensure they are adequately prepared to replace us. We volunteer to do this, not because we are told to, and every one of us has a personal devotion to provide safety so our fellow citizens can sleep safely at night.