Spotlight Sailor – PS2 Meghan Costello
PS2 Meghan Costello
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Second Class, Personnel Specialist, Full Time Support
Full Time Support, US Navy Reserve
Petty Officer Costello joined the Navy as an Airframe Structural Mechanic. Her father’s service aboard USS Intrepid during the Vietnam War inspired her to serve her country. Since joining the Navy, Costello has deployed to El Salvador and Qatar. When she was in El Salvador, her command helped at a local orphanage. During this deployment she was also able to participate in a detachment to Honduras where she earned her qualification as a Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI), which ultimately allowed her to assume more responsibility. When she transitioned from active duty to full-time-support in order to earn her college degree in human resources she also cross-rated to personnel specialist.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Being a Full Time Support sailor has opened my eyes to the Reserve side of the Navy and has taught me all the different aspects and benefits the Navy Reserve has to offer. The Reserve has helped me continue my career to become an officer or a chief petty officer. Being a good mentor for Reservists and being able to continue to help them has helped me grow as a Personnel Specialist.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
During my Active duty commitment I was an Airframe Structural Mechanic at Whidbey Island, Washington, and I was willing to convert to Personnel Specialist providing full-time support because I wanted to continue my naval career but wanted something I was going to enjoy for the rest of my career. It has been a great experience, and I can also work on my bachelor’s degree in Human Resources which is what my job entails now.
In my Navy…
there have been many changes both positive and negative but I will continue to strive to be the best sailor I can be and to be a great role model for other sailors.