ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, AT SEA – Seaman Oscar Mejia, a Savanna, Ga. native, is currently serving aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
Seaman Mejia works in the deck department aboard the ship performing various duties including: ship’s maintenance, watch standing, and dropping the anchor.
“We do a lot of hard work aboard the ship,” said Mejia. “Things can get a little challenging, from standing long watches to doing maintenance.”
Mejia has future plans to change career paths and cross rate into the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) field.
“I’m planning to switch over to the EOD rate soon,” said Mejia. “I feel like the special warfare programs that the U.S. Navy offer are more of my type of atmosphere.”
The Navy takes pride in its Sailors ability to be hard working and always prepared. The foundation of the Fleet is its Sailors who lead by the example of being ever ready and dedicated to the Navy’s mission.
“Serving my country gives me a great since of pride,” said Mejia. “The U.S. Navy has offered me many opportunities and I know it’s the right place for me.”
Mejia, son of Julie and Oscar Mejia, has a bachelor’s in fitness management, which he received at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
The United states Navy is founded on principles of courage, equality and fairness that has been instrumental in presenting many ideas to the world – through the selfless service of upstanding men and women; through their responsible use of incredibly powerful capabilities; and through the pride, purpose and professionalism that comes through in all they do.
USS Bonhomme Richard, commanded by Capt. Daniel Dusek, is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group (ARG) and is currently on deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations.