Spotlight Sailor – LS1 Henry Sembe
LS1 Henry Sembe
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer First Class, Logistics Specialist, Selected Reserve
Full-Time Graduate Student
Cameroon (currently resides in Newark, DE)
Petty Officer Sembe was born and raised in Cameroon before coming to the United States in order to attend college at Delaware State University. When he graduated in 1991, he enlisted in the Navy Reserve so that he could give back to the country that has afforded him such a wealth of opportunities.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has allowed me to proudly serve in the military while being a little closer to home to enjoy my family and community. Joining the Navy Reserve has enabled me to have a sense of purpose in life and has helped guide me in my career objectives and everyday activities. It also has enabled me to travel to many countries and leave them with a positive contribution.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
Coming to the U.S. from Cameroon, I appreciated a country where opportunity is accessible to all – irrespective of one’s origin, race, creed, etc. Because of my circumstances, I was basically given a second life by the American people. In appreciation, I immediately enlisted without hesitation in the Navy Reserve out of gratitude to my adopted country, the United States of America, after graduating from Delaware State University in May 1991.
In my Navy…
I have witnessed a lot of changes, most notably rate combination, which came about as a result of the Navy’s operational realignment for the host of new missions. For example, there are more global humanitarian missions. There has also been the transformation of Navy working uniforms, and, above all, the changes in general Navy policy that have positively impacted the quality of life for the all sailors. Throughout the changes, the consistency of the Navy’s core values Honor, Courage, and Commitment remains.