This Month:

100 Years, 100 Stories: Day Two

Day two in USS Nimitz’ installation of “100 Years, 100 Stories” recognizes 10 more women who are making history every day.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Recruit Auralia Bellecourt

Bemidji, Minn.

“My proudest moment being in the Navy so far is making it through the first few days on the ship. I thought I was going to die honestly, and I was scared. I’m proud of myself for picking up the workload and long hours.”

Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Samantha Latty

Salem, Ore.

“I joined the Navy to make a positive change in the world.”

Yeoman 2nd Class Dora Rodriguez

Fresno, Calif.

“Remember why you joined the Navy. Try to not be sidetracked. Never lose focus.”

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bethany Woolsey

Westport, Wash.

“One of the best experiences I remember in the Navy was boot camp. At first all the girls disliked each other, but throughout our time spent at Great Lakes we built bonds and a comradery like non-other that I had experienced in my life at the time.”

Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Serena Hinojosa

Kennewick, Wash.

“During a department in the spotlight, I was recognized by the XO for everything I’d accomplished. Probably the proudest I’ve been since I joined the Navy. The day off helped too.”

Religious Program Specialist Seaman Victoria S. Hooker

 St. Paul. Minn.

“My proudest moment in life is honestly joining the Navy because it was the best decision I could have made at the time to change my life for the better.”

Personnel Specialist 3rd Class John Duya

Okinawa, Japan

“I work alongside some of the hardest working and most impactful Sailors on this ship. When I think about it, most of them are females. Every day I see how hard they work and it makes me feel like I fall short. I’ve been told that I’m an exceptional Sailor. Truth is, I work hard in hopes of one day being on the same playing field as them.”

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Crystal Brock

Mountain Home, Idaho

“The Navy has made me a better person. They push the ‘Total Sailor’ concept. I wouldn’t be volunteering if I was back in my hometown. The Navy says you will be in Shape, you will go to college, you will volunteer, you will become a leader and you will be good at your job; it’s not optional.”

Personnel Specialist Seaman Shareefa Flowers


“Women that take charge, don’t take no for an answer and do what they say they are going to do and stick with it are the ones that I look up to.”

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Sierra Bethea

Lenoir, N.C.


“A female can do exactly what a male can if she puts her mind to it and works hard for it.”



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