Sailors Talk to Girl Scouts About Careers in Science and Technology
(January 30, 2011)
|TAMPA, Fla. (NNS - 1/26/2011) -- Sailors from USS Constitution, U.S.
Central Command (USCENTCOM) and several other local commands
spoke with the Girls Scouts of West Florida Jan. 23, about
some of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) careers that are available in the Navy.|
event, part of the Girl Scout Career Expo, was one of many
scheduled during Navy Week Tampa Bay 2011, and it allowed
Sailors to talk about the Navy and the things that the Navy
"Our main focus is STEM: science, technology,
engineering and math," said Denise Dixon, Girls Scouts of
West Central Florida events pathway manager. "Trying to get
the girls exposed to engineering and not to be afraid of it,
we thought this [Expo] would be a good kind of flavor with
them within STEP. We're really big with STEM."
Talking about STEM with the Girl Scouts also provided the
Sailors an avenue to show that the Navy has opportunities
"Our older girls have been asking for more
focused, career action fun," said Dixon. "I
loved that the girls were able to get
Chief Navy Diver Kevin Moore, right, and Navy Diver 3rd Class Christian Sapp explain the features of the MK V hat during a Girl Scout Career Expo event as part of Tampa Bay Navy Week
on January 23, 2011. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.
exposure from various career paths within the
U.S. Navy and then see that it's not just males,
but their female presence. And just listening to
various women talk about their career paths puts
in the girls' mind, 'Hey that could be me one
Six Navy divers and
nine Sailors from USS Constitution, Reservist from the Navy
Operational Support Center (NOSC) Tampa, Navy Recruiting
District Miami, and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)
provided a snapshot of their lives before they joined the
Navy, their current jobs and responsibilities, and what
achievements a Navy career has yielded each of them to date.|
"I'm a boatswain's mate," said Boatswain's Mate 1st
Class Jeaniel Image, a Reservist from NOSC Tampa Navy Cargo
Handling Battalion. She explained to the Girl Scouts that a
boatswain's mate is a, "Jack of all trades and master of
One job she had out of high school was a big
hit with the group.
"I've driven the aircraft
carrier as a deck seaman," said Image. "Coming out of high
school I never thought in my life I would be holding onto
the wheel that steers the ship with 3,000 people on board
and tons of jets."
She thanked the Navy for giving
her opportunities to work in stressful environments.
"I'm a lot more composed person," she said. "I feel the
Navy gave me that confidence."
"I volunteered for
something different; I never worked with the Girl Scouts,"
said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Veronica Burrell,
USCENTCOM. "I'm glad I got to let other people know about
the military and what I do."
Sometimes it is
difficult for an intelligence specialist to answer questions
about their jobs.
"They asked what we do," said
Burrell. "In the intel field it's kinda hard to tell what we
actually do. They thought that was the coolest part because
we couldn't tell them what we do."
several commands are participating in Tampa Bay Navy Week,
the first of 21 Navy Weeks planned across America in 2011.
Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment
they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in
cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.
Article and photo By
Navy MCS 1st Class Christine Hannon
Navy Public Affairs Support Element – East
USS Constitution Public Affairs
Navy News Service
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