I did two years on a destroyer squadron staff, the squadron would take a group of ships and we’d go out to sea. The evacuation from Lebanon. We went into New Orleans and in fact we gave care. Sharp guard operations in the Adriatic Sea. I love what I do, I love to work with airplanes. The Navy has evolved significantly from, you know, our early beginnings. This country is – is – is made up of so many different people and so many different cultures. I was in the lower pay grade, I mean the lower that anybody coming to the military can come in as a – as a – right in the bottom. My name is Captain Sylvester DelRosario and I’m the Director of Diversity for the Navy Recruiting Command. And I was able to make a Chief Petty Officer in a year – in a year and two month. And from there, I got my Commission as a Ensign ah – from there – ah – 20 years later I’m here wearing my Captain bars. My family was very proud. They were there and I saw it in their face, saw even tears from their faces when – during the ceremony. The, the whole desire to go Navy was to fly airplanes, and to maybe, one day, command a squadron. My name is Arthur James Johnson Junior, Rear Admiral, United States Navy. Early in my career when I was – uh – in my early 20’s, um I – uh – got my wings. I went through flight training and I think I was winged at probably 22. And, my first assignment I was selected to go back to teach other people how to fly. And uh – so that was pretty amazing as a young 22 23 year old, teaching other people, some of them older than you, how to fly airplanes. Today, I’m the highest ranking Latina or Hispanic woman in the Navy. My name is Captain Cathy Contres and I am the Commandant at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. First of all I liked what they offered women. Um, I felt like I – I was getting more respect. Um, I don’t know how to explain it but the jobs, I knew that I would be immediately put in the leadership position and I liked that idea. The other special time in command was as Commanding Officer of USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship. My name is Andy Winns, Vice Admiral, Naval Inspector General. But I think because of the sheer size of the ship, and the number of men and women that were under my charge, I believe that it was a special time, because we deployed on 2 occasions. I reported to my first submarine as a Junior Officer, Ensign Williams. My name is Melvin G. Williams Jr. I’m a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. It was awesome, it was a relatively small submarine but very, very capable. And I’ll always remember my first command tour. I’ve always had a desire to understand the world, you know and to travel. My name is Sinclair M. Harris. I am a Rear Admiral Select in the United States Navy. I think I just really just wanted to see the world, and when I joined, I had no concept of staying in 26 years. I really – I had no idea. Being an Admiral in the Navy is as high as you can go. It’s – it’s a privilege. My name is Rear Admiral Will Rodriguez, I’m the Chief Engineer at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, California. Becoming an Admiral is a – is a unique opportunity to serve the Navy. I remember the day, it was St. Patrick’s Day 2004 when I got the call. And I was – I was floored – I was – wow. I never dreamed, I never dreamed of making Admiral. One of the things that I’ve, uh, experienced in Navy medicine is – uh – the ability to never have to ask my patients if they could afford the care that I had to give. My name is Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, uh I am the Surgeon General of the Navy, number 36, and also the Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Been in the Navy for 31 years, I learn a lot, I struggle a lot, I’ve been through and I’ve seen a lot. One of the things is that I never allow nobody to stop me. There – there is a lot of mentoring and it goes on, some informal mentoring some formal mentoring, by Commanding Officers and Department Heads. I enjoyed my opportunities to travel the world, to see sights, and uh see things that most people only can read about. And uh, so if someone is inclined to experience those kinds of things the Navy’s for you. Navy gave me my Master’s Degree. Helped me to – it gave me the time off, 18 months, to do my Master’s Degree. Didn’t have to work during that time, all I did was – I was a student, got my full pay and benefits. I think that if – if I hadn’t joined the Navy, as a person, I don’t know that I’d be as well rounded. I’ve got 2 Master’s Degrees from the Navy, ok, that I never would’ve gotten if I hadn’t joined. My deepest relationships have been in – the people I’ve met in the military. In the Navy in specific. Going in the Navy meant driving the ships at sea – destroyers, frigates, it’s ah, it’s ah, it’s very intense. And you’re 21 22 23 24 years old. Any young person who enters who has skills and desire, the Navy will give you a chance. The Navy is indeed a diverse place, and we are working on making it more diverse. And the diversity includes the men and women of all colors, religions, and persuasions and backgrounds who come together and who serve uh – under a common flag, and who um, make the commitment to support, defend our country. So I – I would be very comfortable telling ah – young folks, particularly minorities, that ah the Navy is a place of opportunity and you should give it a shot.