Rachel Guevara | Navy – photo courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach
Petty Officer 3rd Class Rachel Guerara, a native of El Paso, Texas, serves the U.S. Navy at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC)/Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB)
“A recruiter talked to us at high school and it sounded like an interesting thing to do,” said Guerara. “I was really interested in traveling. During my time in the Navy, I’ve loved all the travel. I’ve been to Singapore, India, Dubai, Jordan, Guam and Pearl Harbor.”
Guerara joined the Navy six years ago. Today, Guerara serves as a yeoman at Navy Hospital Bremerton.
Guerara attended Bel Air High School and graduated in 2015. Today, Guerara uses skills and values similar to those found in El Paso.
“Working hard will get you where you want to be,” said Guerara. “Going up in the ranks requires hard work.”
These lessons have helped Guerara while serving at Navy Hospital Bremerton.
NMRTC Bremerton is comprised of military civilians supporting NHB. The command supports Navy and Marine Corps readiness providing medical support and ensuring service members are ready to deploy.
NHB was first established in 1897. It was relocated to the present location in1980, where it has been for the last 40 years. In 2001 a $24 million expansion project on the site was completed adding a family care center wing, pharmacy, medical records, immunization clinic, and health promotion and wellness center.
During the spread of COVID-19 the hospital staff established highly effective, and well-coordinated public health efforts, ensuring a unified response across Navy Region Northwest by establishing a drive-through screening process and triage for all local beneficiaries.
Serving in the Navy means Guerara is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“We need a strong Navy to protect our borders which keeps the enemy out and keeps us safe,” said Guerara.
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities, and capacity.
“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” said Gilday. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”
Guerara and other sailors have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I’m proud of making third-class and earning my surface warfare qualification,” said Guerara.
As Guerara and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions to support national defense, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Not a lot of people get a chance to do what we do,” added Guerara. “It’s a great opportunity to serve and something we should be proud of.”
Author: Alvin Plexico