- Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:33
By Theodore Quintana
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class, Navy Office of Community Outreach
As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
|Nicole Serben and Son|
Chief Petty Officer Nicole Serben, a resident of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, supports and defends freedom around the world, as a Navy boatswain’s mate that trains and directs personnel on all seamanship duties.
Reservists seamlessly support and actively aid military missions while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world, according to Navy officials. The Navy Reserve provides strategic depth to America’s Navy as it protects the American homeland and advances economic prosperity by preserving freedom of the seas. As a Navy reservist, Serben serves with Naval Operations Support Center Pittsburgh Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, as a qualified craftsmaster and a key member of the Combat Skills Training Team.
“I balance my life by planning and communicating,” said Serben. “I have to work things through my schedule to make sure I have the time off and care for my children.”
Serben is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Serben is most proud of the day that she put on her chief anchors.
“I received support from my family and friends when I needed their help during my process of becoming a chief petty officer and not only them, but I received training and support from other leaders to help me get to that day I was pinned,” said Serben. “I worked very hard during my career. I earned my service and Seabee Warfare devices and my craftmaster pin. I was selected as the NOSC Sailor of the Year in 2018 and after my accomplishments, I was training others to get their qualifications and helping them promote and achieve in what they were going after.”
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Serben who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Serben is honored to carry on that family tradition. “My dad served for 20 years in the Navy and retired in May 2001,” said Serben. “I’m showing my family that you can follow your family’s footsteps and be part of something great.”