Navy Reservists on Guam Speak to High School Students


Guam – Twelve Navy reservists attached to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) shared their experiences in the Navy with students at Simon A. Sanchez High School (SSHS) in Yigo, Guam, April 8.

Lt. David Meland from Expeditionary Maintenance Group Juliet said their goal was to share their knowledge, encourage them to make good decisions and show them what the Navy is about.

“It’s important to show that the Navy can do more than just Navy things,” he said. “We can go out and support society and people and show them that we’re more than just a military.”

Meland and his counterparts discussed their experiences in the service including areas they’ve traveled to, different career opportunities within the Navy and ways students can serve their country.  

SSHS Principal Beth Perez appreciated the Sailors for coming in and speaking to the students.

“Any time we get visitors coming in from the military, we really embrace their partnership,” she said. “There is a variety of information I think (Sailors) have. The wealth of experience, knowledge and the skills that they’ve learned through their career I think is very important for our students to know that they need to start thinking about their post-secondary plans. They’re bringing in real-life experiences and we’re hoping that our students will just gravitate to that information (and) use it toward their future plans.”

Naval Operational Support Center Meridian Operations Specialist 2nd Class Terrence Smith said as a reservist, he hoped to be able to relate to students to answer their questions.

“Because of the fact that I have the experience in the military that is helpful, I think, me being a civilian is also helpful, so me bringing the two together, definitely, if they have any questions I can better relate to what they have to say and they can relate to me,” he said.

Reservists from several detachments are on Guam to assist in maintenance of incoming submarines.