Spotlight Sailor – YN2 Jennifer Edwards
YN2 Jennifer Edwards
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Second Class, Yeoman, Selected Reserve
Supervisor and Team Leader at a Call Center that conducts health and behavioral risk surveys for many state health departments and the CDC
Petty Officer Edwards volunteers much of her free time to mentoring fellow Sailors and civilians on best practices for writing resumes and curriculum vitaes, creating and tracking scholarship and fellowship applications and preparing to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). She also participates in and helps organize various local events that include: 5K runs, Toys for Tots, Food Drives and school supply support programs.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
I left the Navy in 1997 when my son was diagnosed with Autism. I returned to the Navy Reserve after raising my son to be a healthy adult, while earning myself a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. I have always hoped to serve as an Officer and retire in the Navy. The Navy Reserve affords me the opportunity to meet these goals and excel as a Sailor. However, I intend to retire in the Navy regardless of whether it is as an Officer or Enlisted.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve allowed me to re-join after a significant break in service and maintain my current employment while drilling as a Reservist. I chose the Navy Reserve, however, above all other military branches because of the Navy’s emphasis on knowledge that moves beyond mission essential technical expertise into a global reach and impact. I intend to use the skills I learn in the Navy now to contribute to humanitarian and environmental issues well into retirement.
In my Navy…
the culture continues to shift affording Sailors unparalleled opportunities for education, travel, unique collateral duties and expansive leadership. It is an exciting and empowering time to serve as a female Sailor and as one who loves education. I recognize and appreciate that Navy leadership, and Navy Reserve Leadership in particular, expects Sailors to maintain the highest levels of proficiency, meanwhile providing ample platforms to integrate knowledge and expertise locally and globally. This is also the best time to be a female Sailor in the Navy Reserve and to witness the accomplishments of fellow Sailors reaching the highest levels of leadership and service, such as Submarine service, that was previously inaccessible to women. I wear my uniform with pride and am so very thankful to be a part of the Navy Reserve. I believe all Sailors serve as ambassadors to present and future generations and that it is our responsibility to carry our best selves forward and inspire the same in others, just by being a member of the United States Navy.