Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stone, assigned to the Atlantic Strike Team. Last week, Stone was recognized for his devotion to duty and setting an example for his fellow shipmates with a Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst servicemember spotlight. Read on to learn more about what makes Stone such a great representative of Team Coast Guard.
Written by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs.
Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Stone, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team damage controlman and response technician, is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s featured service member this week. Stone hails from Bremerton, Wash.
Q: Why did you join the military?
A: I decided to join the Coast Guard right out of high school. I did not want to go to college, I wanted to go out in the world and have an adventure and I thought “why not have an adventure while being a part of the most multi-faceted military service in the world.”
Q: What is your job and what is its impact on the mission?
A: My role at the Atlantic Strike Team is one of a response technician who has expertise in safely and effectively operating equipment and leading personnel during any incident. Some of the responses we handle here at the AST are oil spills, chemical releases, salvage of vessels and natural disasters. It is a position that is not only rewarding but one of great value to our unit here at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.
Q: Do you have any past or current family members in military?
A: My grandfather fought in World War II and ended up serving 23 years in the Navy where he met my grandmother who was also in the Navy as part of the Women’s Auxiliary Voluntary Enlistment. My father was also in the Navy for 23 years. My uncle on my mothers side was also in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. My brother in-law was also in the Navy where he met my sister in Bremerton, Wash.
Q: Who most inspires you?
A: The person that most inspires me would have to be Jesus. He always has patience, comprehension and love for all with no hate in his heart. Right behind him would be an American service man. Those are the two who willingly give their lives for the greater good.
Q: What is one thing you’d like your fellow service members to take away or understand about the military?
A:The military is not a job; it’s not a thing you do to get college money. The military is a lifestyle choice. It is a life of servitude for the greater good. If you think about yourself you should help yourself and get yourself out. I don’t want to go into any situation with a person next to me thinking about their pay check. I want to be toeing the line with my brothers and sisters who are doing it for the person next to them and for the people behind us, the American people.