Michael Pope , the Operations Specialist attached to Pacific Partnership 2011. 

OS1 Michael Pope, the Operations Specialist attached to Pacific Partnership 2011.
St. Louis Native Helps with PP11 Mission 
By Airman 1st Class Haleigh Greer, Pacific Partnership 2011 Public Affairs  
He’s from St. Louis. He’s 36 years old. He’s a US Navy Sailor. He’s smart. He’s zany. He’s OS1 Michael Pope , the Operations Specialist attached to Pacific Partnership 2011.

Mike Pope, is a man of many talents: Sailor, father, brother, son, musician, etc. When asked to describe himself, he said, “well, I have nice brown eyes. I don’t like long walks on the beach or candle-lit dinners, but I’m warm and very humble. I just go day by day and try to get along with everyone.”

But there is much more to him than that. He is also a father of 4 kids: a boy who is 10 and three girls who are 5, 16, and 18.

“I love being a dad. I miss my lovely children, and I can’t wait to see them when I get home.”

While he is away from home, Pope shifts roles from paternal caretaker to caretaker for the ship.  As an Operations Specialist, he makes sure his shipmates get to their destination smoothly and safely so that they can carry out their assigned missions.

“Being an Operations Specialist, we deal with navigation, chart plotting, and monitoring radars and GPS. So generally, we get the ship from Point A to Point B safely.”

On the Pacific Partnership mission, Pope has been the leading petty officer for the Pacific Partnership 2011 staff, generating messages and schedules.
“Basically, I’m the staff operations officer’s right-hand man,” he said.

But being an Operations Specialist isn’t enough for Pope. In his spare time, plays and writes music for piano and keyboard.  Originally, he played the xylophone.

“I love playing music. I love creating music. I love everything about music. Music makes me feel free. It allows me to focus it into something creative and enjoyable.”

Operations Specialist by day, musician by night, this Sailor has also been an asset to the Pacific Partnership 2011 mission.

“I think Pacific Partnership is an awesome mission.  I think it’s great that we go out to these countries that need aid and aren’t able to get it. I think we live up to the navy’s new motto: global force for good, and I feel lucky to be a part of the mission.”

After three and a half months of hard work, OS1 Pope leaves the Pacific Partnership mission on July 10th to join the Assault Craft Unit-Five at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA. There he will be a Landing Craft Air Cushion Navigator with the hopes of one day becoming a craftmaster.

“I’m going to miss being a part of Destroyer Squadron 23. I’ve made a lot of friends and memories. But I’m even more excited to go to my new command and start something new.”

Fair winds and following seas, OS1 Pope. You’ll be missed.

For more information on the Pacific Partnership mission go to:

www.defence.gov.au
www.facebook.com/adfpacificpartnership  
www.cpf.navy.mil/pp11
www.facebook.com/pacificpartnership/
http://twitter.com/adfpacificpartnership
http://twitter.com/pacificpartner
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/cds-23/

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