Spotlight Sailor – LS3 Michael Ganter
LS3 Michael Ganter
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Third Class, Logistics Specialist, Selected Reserve
Recently returned from a mobilization in Djibouti, Africa (2013-2014)
San Jose, California
LS3 Michael Ganter just returned home from a deployment to Djibouti, where he worked in joint supply systems operation from 2013 to 2014. On a separate mission, he served aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and took part in the decommissioning of the ship. While aboard USS Crommelin, he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin. When he is not deployed, Ganter is very active in his community where he volunteers at his church and his wife’s pre-school.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Being part of the Navy Reserve has provided me flexibility to serve my country and local community. It is an exciting change to see the Navy become a more joint and operational force. Working in a joint force environment in Djibouti has given me a new and diverse perspective on the military as a whole, not just as a Sailor. Additionally, the Navy Reserve has given me the opportunity to work with versatile people with a wealth of knowledge.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
After I left active duty, I missed the camaraderie that is unique amongst shipmates. I felt it was best to join the Navy Reserve. Being a reservist also gave me more flexibility to serve and maintain a civilian career.
In my Navy…
I have been afforded the opportunity to serve my country, and to serve with other service members that have the same passion for America as I do.