PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) weave in and out of passageways as they carry about with their busy schedules. For two Sailors, however, it doesn’t matter how busy their schedules get, they always make time for others in a way that they hope will pay forward - with mentorship.
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Jarreau Moore and Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Victor Mendez-Lopez, having mentored 15 Sailors and Marines between the two of them, believe that mentorship is the greatest gift that anyone can give another person.
Mendez-Lopez would use the mentorship that he received from Chief Intelligence Specialist Jon Williams and inspiration from the Greek philosopher Socrates as stepping stones and guidelines on how to be a mentor with the right mindset.
“Thanks to the mentorship I received, I learned how to organize my thoughts and eventually became the Sailor that sets the example for everyone else,” said Mendez-Lopez. “Some junior Sailors have never been away from their families and I try to be that person that they can look up to.”
He also added, “You don’t always have to give advice; sometimes listening is all they need.”
Moore listed Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Justin Miller and Martin Luther King, Jr. as his inspiration.
You must control yourself before you can help others,” said Moore. “If you don’t have self-control then you can’t give advice from inside yourself. The advice you offer must be based off of experience.”
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Michael Gomez has used the advice given to him by Moore and Mendez-Lopez to better his leadership style, and himself as a person.
“I owe a lot of my leadership style to how I was mentored,” said Gomez. “My mentors taught me that communication is the most essential part of mentorship.”
Despite their busy schedules, Moore and Mendez-Lopez are always approachable in the busy passageway and enjoy sitting down with new people.
“I love getting to know people and talking to them,” said Moore. “I found out that by talking to people and offering them console, I also get to know myself a little better.”