The Milan native is a proud Seabee

GULFPORT, Mississippi — Since 1942, sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy Construction Force have built and fought around the world. Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Harkovich, a native of Milan, Michigan, is one such sailor.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted to travel and do humanitarian work in other countries,” Harkovich said. They are responsible for building military bases and airfields, supporting humanitarian efforts, and conducting underwater construction projects. . “I would like to thank my parents,” Harkovich said. “They always pushed me to do better.” According to Harkovich, the values ​​required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Milan. “My family taught me to be independent and not to rely on anyone,” Harkovich said. “You are solely responsible for your own career at the end of the day, so you have to do what’s right for you.” Serving in the Navy means Harkovich is part of a team that takes on new importance in America’s focus on building alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capabilities, and maintaining the state of military preparation in support of national defense strategy. “The Navy leads strategic planning and deterrence,” Harkovich said. With international telephone and Internet traffic carried over fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to stress the importance of accelerating America’s advantage at sea. “Maintaining the best the world’s navy is an investment in the security and prosperity of the United States, as well as the stability of our world,” said Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “The United States Navy, forward deployed and integrated to all elements of national power, prevents conflict, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and ensures free and open access to the world’s oceans.As the United States responds to the security environment through a integrated deterrence, our Navy must continue to deploy and campaign with a combat-ready, capable and credible fleet of service.” I take great pride in maintaining my company’s training standards to ensure that they are current in their qualifications,” Harkovich said. As Harkovich and other Sailors continue to train and perform missions, they are proud to carry on an 80-year legacy of serving their country in the United States Navy. “Serving in the Navy gives me meaning and pride in what I do because not everyone can serve,” Harkovich added.

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