Spotlight Sailor – PS2 Melly Ramirez
PS2 Melly Ramirez
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Second Class, Personnel Specialist, Full-Time Support
Full Time Support at Navy Operational Support Center Pittsburgh
Los Angeles, California
Petty Officer Ramirez enlisted in the Navy out of gratitude for the opportunities afforded to her by her adopted nation. She was born in Mexico and gained her U.S. residency in 2004. After serving four years on active duty, Petty Officer Ramirez decided to become a Full Time Support (FTS) Sailor dedicated to supporting members of the Navy Reserve.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
As a prior active-duty Sailor, joining the Reserve gave me the opportunity to see and learn about an entirely different component from the Navy I had grown accustomed. I was able to serve my country while raising a family and going to school full-time. This was only possible because of the support I received as a FTS Sailor at NOSC Pittsburgh.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
When I completed my 4 years of active duty as a Shipboard Electrician (EM) I felt like I had more to offer. When it came time to re-enlist, I decided to convert over to FTS and changed my rate to Personnel Specialist (PS). Not only was I given an opportunity to continue my Navy career, but I was also granted the opportunity to serve Reservists who are so essential to our Navy. At the same time, I could be there for my family and pursue my education. It was the best of both worlds.
In my Navy…
we take pride in saying that we are all family. Our family spreads across continents, and this family breaks all barriers of gender, age, and race. We all have an opportunity to be the best version of ourselves. In my Navy, we are all equal.