Bonhomme Richard Education Fair Offers Sailors Future Plans, Opportunities 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kurt Riggs, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs  
SAN DIEGO - USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Sailors learned what opportunities the Navy has to offer them for higher education at an education fair held in the ship's hangar bay July 22.

Assistance with obtaining higher education and advanced degrees are one of the key recruiting tools used by the Navy to entice those who wish to serve. Sailors aboard the ship took time out of their underway preparations to learn more about the opportunities afforded them while on active duty.

"I was really amazed at all the stuff available and the many programs open to us," said Seaman Tia Titus, part of the Engineering department. Titus, a native of Boise, Idaho checked aboard recently and joined the Navy almost a year ago.

Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Dave Bello organized the fair as a way to show Sailors what is available to them.

"Anyone serving on active duty now that doesn't take advantage of the [educational opportunities being offered] is only hurting themselves," he explained. "Who wouldn't want to make sure they take full advantage of everything offered to them by the Navy?"

Programs range from associate's to master's degrees in nearly every field imaginable, alongside journeyman certificates and other technical qualifications.

"There is nothing in the Navy that can't be translated to the civilian world, and we have some of the best training in the world," Bello said.

Representatives from nearly every educational institution at the Navy college office attended the event.
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