Service Member Spotlight: Norfolk Native Serves Aboard Navy Warship in San Diego

Service Member Spotlight: A  native of Norfolk, Virginia, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Boxer, which is homeported in San Diego.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Sang Kim, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jahkaya Bazemore, a 2016 Maury High School graduate, joined the Navy two years ago.

“I joined because I wanted to travel the world,” said Bazemore. “I also needed the benefits of the school tuition to go to college.”

Today, Bazemore serves as an operations specialist. An operations specialist is responsible for reading and analyzing the surface radar for safe navigation of the ship.

Bazemore relies upon skills and values from lessons learned in Norfolk to succeed in the military.

“My parents taught me to accept people for who they are,” said Bazemore. “I learned how to work with them to achieve a common goal.”

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