By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach
MERIDIAN, Miss. – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.
At Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Meridian, instructors teach sailors to be combat-ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Airman Recruit Servando Rios, a native of McAllen, Texas, is a student at NTTC Meridian, learning the necessary skills needed to be an aviation maintenance administrationman.
“I will be responsible for the maintenance of all aircraft at my next command, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,” said Rios.
Rios, a 2021 graduate of Nikki Rowe High School, joined the Navy four months ago.
“I joined the Navy to become more of a man, support my family and to be the first sailor in my family history,” said Rios.
Rios relies upon skills and values similar to those found in McAllen to succeed in the military.
“Growing up, I learned that hard work and dedication will get you far in life,” said Rios. “I also learned that taking initiative is the best way to become a leader and to not only lead yourself to success but to lead those around you to succeed as well.”
NTTC Meridian, located at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, is committed to developing dedicated and motivated sailors and Marines. Following boot camp, they provide entry-level “A” school training to students in administration and supply ratings.
NTTC Meridian is one of the more than 1,640 subordinate learning sites that serve as a part of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) domain. NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities that enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.
With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.
Serving in the Navy means Rios 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.
“The Navy is vital in maintaining the security of our coasts and protecting the ideals of freedom and democracy around the world,” said Rios.
Rios has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.
“My proudest accomplishment is bettering myself physically and maintaining new habits that allow me to accomplish more goals,” said Rios.
As Rios and other sailors continue to perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Serving in the Navy is one of the most rewarding experiences,” said Rios. “This is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and what you’re truly capable of accomplishing.”
Rios is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting my decision to join the greatest Navy,” added Rios. “I would love to especially thank my soulmate for always giving me the love and support needed.”