Embracing the Navy and Paying It Forward

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) First Class Joseph Chinedu grew up in the small town of Kaduna, Nigeria. He then moved to Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, when he was 17 years old before finally leaving college to attend RD National College in Mumbai, India.

It had always been his dream to eventually transfer to the United States, which was finally realized when he was selected for the Diversity Visa Program, also known as the “green card lottery.” The program is a lottery program of the United States government for obtaining a permanent resident card of the United States.

“When I applied for the program and was selected, I was very excited,” Chinedu said. “Once I was accepted, my plan was to move to the US to become a football coach, which is a great passion of mine. This was my main goal when I moved to the States; my secondary idea was to probably work on the plane. ”

After moving to the US, Chinedu ended up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he worked odd jobs and applied to be a coach at state football academies. Unfortunately for him, none of them had any chance at the time. After about six months and a little frustrated with not fulfilling his goal, he then planned to continue his education and start attending aeronautical colleges in Georgia.

“Before I applied to college, a friend told me about the military,” Chinedu said. “I went into a recruiting office and talked to a recruiter telling him what I wanted to do and wanted to accomplish.”

Chinedu had a difficult choice between the Air Force and the Navy. Chinedu eventually chose the Navy over the Air Force because of the ability to travel around the world.

“After seeing what Marina had to offer, I decided that I would sign up to achieve the goal I had set for myself. After starting camp and school A, I received orders at USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) for five years outside the Naval Station. Mayport, Florida, “said Chinedu. “My experience at Iwo Jima was phenomenal! I was able to achieve a lot with my time there. For example, I was able to gain my citizenship, which was a great achievement for me. What I really liked it was the people, the mentors and most importantly, the leadership taught me everything I needed to know to be successful in the Navy. “

Chinedu settled twice with Iwo Jima, once in 2015 and again in 2018.

“My first decision was in seven months. We were able to visit so many places. Some of my favorites were Israel, Spain, Italy, Iceland and Norway, “Chinedu said.” I was able to save more money than I ever had in my life at the time. I came home with more than $ 24,000 in that setting, except for the fact that I was able to visit all the wonderful places at no cost out of pocket. It was really amazing for me. ”

In his eyes, Marina gave him the ability to travel and visit different places, and if he were not in Marina, he probably would never have had the opportunity to see such wonderful places.

As an aviation spouse in the fuel sector, he worked on the flight deck supplying aircraft and under deck he assisted in the management of fuel systems. Chinedu said he would not exchange that experience for anything; is something he would do over and over again.

“What Marina has done for me and my family cannot be determined,” Chinedu said. “It gave me financial stability and enabled me to buy a house and provide health care for my wife and daughter.”

One morning Chinedu arrived at work to find out from his chief junior officer that he had been selected for duty recruitment. At first, he did not want to be a recruiter. He had not even thought much of it. At the time, he did not even realize it was in his order window. Surprised by the news and with many questions, he went to his leadership for advice. After talking to his division boss, he realized that having orders to be a recruiter was not a bad deal and decided that he should always do his best in his new job.

He began recruiting in August 2019 at the Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Jacksonville and completed at the Navy Recruiting Station West Jacksonville.

“Ever since I was here, I have been able to achieve a lot. I had the opportunity to change a lot of lives, my wife and I have our first child and I bought my first home, “Chinedu said.” I was able to complete an associate degree in natural sciences through Excelsior College, and just I will complete two more classes, I will get my bachelor degree in natural sciences. “

Recruiting can be challenging to meet deadlines, balance work and personal life with a family, and go to school. Not to be outdone Chinedu makes it a habit to always stay focused on the mission by having a definite plan to help him navigate the day-to-day recruitment challenges.

Chinedu takes his recruitment seriously. For him, the whole purpose of the work is to ensure that the fleet is equipped with the best and brightest Sailors. This has been the goal all along he has recruited. This is why this job is so important to him. Being successful as a recruiter, he thinks he has contributed back to the Navy that has given him so much.

“The most rewarding part about being a recruiter is mentoring future sailors and understanding that I have contributed to making them who they are and the sailors they will become,” Chinedu said. “For me it is one of the most rewarding experiences to meet someone who may not have found their direction in life and you can help guide them in life-changing decisions that lead to limitless opportunities that give them a sense of direction and purpose. ”

Chinedu has made every goal set for himself to date and is looking forward to completing his bachelor’s degree and leaving recruitment on a positive note.

“I have done many types of work from football coaching to truck driver to countless others,” Chinedu said. “I can say with confidence that joining Marina has brought me the greatest satisfaction and has been the best decision I have ever made for myself and I look forward to the continued opportunity to pay it off in advance.”

The Navy Recruitment Command consists of a command headquarters, three naval recruitment regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 talent board centers serving more than 1,000 recruitment stations worldwide. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to ensure the continued success of the US Navy.

For more news from the Commander, Navy Recruitment Command, go to http://www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruitment on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NavyRecruiting), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

Date of Receipt: 08.27.2021
Posting Date: 08.28.2021 15:19
History ID: 404110
Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL, USA

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