It’s Not a Job. It’s an Adventure.
02 Nov, 2011
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Last week, Elizabeth McAndrew-Benavides, NA-YGN Past President, participated in the U.S. Navy’s Educational Orientation Visit (EOV) program. This unique opportunity showed participants what it is like to have a career in the U.S. Navy and expanded their understanding of the Navy’s extensive training program.
“I was very excited to participate. Navy Nukes are a traditional work force pipeline for the commercial nuclear energy industry,” said McAndrew-Benavides. “These highly trained individuals have integrated well into the safety oriented careers that the nuclear energy industry demands.”
One exciting piece of information the participants learned during this tour was that first women have begun their training that will allow them to serve on the Navy’s submarine fleet. “Hopefully I will have the opportunity to meet these ladies when they finish their first submarine tours. I’m inspired just thinking about them,” said McAndrew-Benavides.
The two day EOV program is filled with information, training and tours. Participants saw both the USS Bonhomme Richard and a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine named the USS Hampton. During a hands-on portion of the program, participants were encouraged to partake in a Damage Control (DC) training facility demonstration. This DC training locks participants in a water tight room quickly filling with water with a goal to patch leaking pipes. This training gives sailors the opportunity to practice their team building skills by performing a critical activity in a stressful environment.
At the end of the program Elizabeth said, “I appreciate the U.S. Navy and all the sailors who made my trip memorable. Even if we never work together, I’m glad there are such great guys and gals keeping the navy’s nuclear propulsion systems working safely!”