This Month:

100 Years, 100 Stories: Day 7, 8 & 9

Days 7, 8 & 9in USS Nimitz’ installation of “100 Years, 100 Stories” recognizes 20 more women who are making history every day.

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Mason Michael

“I look for female leaders who are not afraid to get rough when needed; ones who are strong and ready all the time.”

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly Herline

 Muskegon, Mich.

“I joined right after high school and it’s been a real ’13 going on 30’ experience for me. I ranked up really fast and in turn had to grow up really fast. I am 22 and instead of just worrying about myself, I have to consider my Sailors, their responsibilities and ultimately their well-being. It’s a challenge that has been more than worth it”

Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Wendy Stewart

 Palm Desert, Calif.

“I was a girly-girl when I first joined. I was pushed to excel since the beginning and it toughened me up fast, allowing me to finally get my degree.”

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dezel Sulter

 Pensacola, Fla.

“I joined the Navy to better myself, get an education and set up a foundation for my family and myself.”

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Tara Lovewell

 Weymouth, Mass.

“I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind. As a female, you need to have a strong voice to compete in the Navy.”

Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Apprentice Kayla Brown

 Erie, Pa.

“A lot of people believe females can’t do what males can do. That’s kind of true, because we bring a different set of skills to the table.”

Culinary Specialist Seaman Kierra Berry

 Meridian, Miss.

“Women are just as capable as men. There are some very intelligent women out there.”

Aviation Support Equipment Technician Chief Ariene Young

 Santa Maria, Calif.

“The navy has taught me that I am stronger than what I believed myself to be. Be true to yourself, be firm and don’t lose sight of who you are and where you see yourself.”

Culinary Specialist Seaman Donald Gibson

 St. Louis

“I celebrate women’s history month, because I love looking at the progress women have made and the progress they’ll continue to make. I work with inspiring women every day.”

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Kimberly Wonnack

 Miltcon, Fla.

“As a female, it’s hard being assertive because people think we’re soft. You’ve got to do your job better than anyone else to earn their respect, then they’ll start listening.”

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Adriana Salas

“There’s a ton of things we can’t get while we’re out to sea, the Navy’s really made me appreciate dry land.”

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Qiaoqian He

 San Francisco

“I have the ability to bring people together and get them workings as one, kind of like a magnet.”

Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Annamarie Hilton

 Springfield, Mo.

“The Navy has taught me to be more assertive, not to be so shy. It has definitely helped me get out of my comfort zone.”

Airman Gilbert Ayala

 Visalia, Calif.

“Every man needs to have a woman’s perspective on things. They see things we can’t really see and it is super helpful in the Navy. It creates a lot of diversity and a fresh way of thinking.”

Airman Baron Wren


“When I joined the Navy, I was looking forward to seeing the world and getting to travel.”

Chief Logistics Specialist Kim Schoenberg

 Cambridge, England

“Remember that you are a woman first and a Sailor second. Don’t let the Navy take away your femininity.”

Cryptologic Technical Technician 2nd Class Alexis Alexander

 Daytona Beach, Fla.

“The Navy has taught me that you are capable of more than you know about yourself. In times of hardship, we are always able to stay resilient and get the job done.”

Yeoman 3rd Class Alliyah Maydwell

 Fort Wayne, Ind.

“A lot of people think women are weak compared to men. We need to work harder to prove that’s not true.”

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kendra Bellinger

 Vancouver, Wash.

“My Master Chief used to always tell me to take every day as it is, and you may not be able to fight one day, but you gain more ammunition the farther you go.”

Engineman 3rd Class Rachel Eads

 St. Louis

“The biggest challenge I’ve faced in the Navy so far is being a mechanic and a woman. A lot of people don’t think you are strong or smart enough. Proving people wrong is the biggest struggle, but it is a lot of fun.”

Hospitalman 1st class Dawn M. Dillow

 Mims, Fla.

“As a female leader in the Navy my goal is to always maintain the qualities that future female leaders would want to emulate.”

Personnel Specialist Seaman Angelina Valdezreff

 Boise, Idaho

“Knowing what you want to do is important, you have to set goals for yourself otherwise you’re just spinning your wheels.”

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Alexandria Klingele

 Quincy, Ill.

“If you join, make sure you have a purpose. Don’t join because everyone else is doing it, join because you want to do it for yourself and your country.”

Airman Teddy Allen


“Before women weren’t able to join the Navy and now we have so many female Sailors, it’s great to see all the diversity. The women around me set a great example for younger females.”

Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston

 Amity, Ore.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

Chief Warrant Officer Four Dawn Muller

 Carson City, Nev.

“If a female is just as qualified as her peers, she should be given the same opportunities to succeed as everyone else.”

Seaman Reagan Cole

 Jordan, Minn.

“The last two years have been all about staying out of my shell. Once you join the Navy, you don’t have anyone looking over you, no parents to help you with your decisions, you just got to figure it out real fast. You mature real fast.”

Culinary Specialist Seaman Meredith Lenihan


“We should all be doing the same amount of work. Even here in the galley, everyone brings their own set of skills.”

Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Ericha Bombaro

 Waterboro, Maine

“The Navy helped me to grow as a person. I used to be really mouthy and never had respect for anyone. I’ve learned from that now.”

Seaman Sequoyah Escobar


“I try to be the best I can be for my little sister, my mom, my cousins, so they know they can be whatever they want to be.”






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