Illinois Native Helps With PP11 Mission
Pacific Ocean (July 18, 2011) - Legalman 1st Class Kenya Desroches types a muster report aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD7) as a part of Pacific Partnership. Pacific Partnership is a five-month humanitarian assistance initiative that will make port visits to Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Farrington/Released)
Illinois Native Helps With PP11 Mission
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Farrington, Pacific Partnership 2011 Public Affairs
Some people are born to be leaders who are able to motivate the masses and lead them to success. Legalman 1st Class Kenya Desroches is such a person. She has been leading and motivating her shipmates since she joined the Navy 10 years ago.

“It's very easy to lose your motivation in the Navy,” said Desroches. “I feel that giving people a few kind words, showing that you care, and inspiring them to be better is a tool that will help lead people to success.”

Desroches is currently supporting Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP11) onboard amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD7), annual humanitarian assistance initiative sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Fleet, aimed at improving interoperability between host and partner nations.  She provides legal assistance to other Sailors supporting the mission.  She also performs the duties of a 1st Class Petty Officer.

“This is a once in a lifetime mission to be a part of,” Desroches said. “Being able to help the people in these countries has been a rewarding experience for me.”

Desroches is a dedicated sailor, but what is more important to her than her career is her family. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two: A nine year old boy and a 17 month old baby girl.

“My family is very important to me. They give me the motivation and love I need to do what I do,” she said.

Besides being a Legalman 1st Class and dedicated family woman, Desroches is very passionate about capturing moments through photography.

“I love being able to capture a moment and seeing what people are thinking at that exact time,” she said. “It also allows you to show the world a certain subject or moment through your eyes.”

Photography is not her only passion. She also loves to learn as much as she can and is currently working on doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.

“I've taken advantage of all that the Navy has been able to provide as far as learning goes and I plan on taking my education even further,” she said.

Desroches has enjoyed her 10 year career in the Navy so far and plans on continuing to serve as a Legalman.

“The Navy has been an excellent opportunity for me,” she said. “Ive gained a great deal of experience and knowledge from my career and I am very appreciative of everything that I've been able to do in the Navy.”

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