A 2007 North Texas Job Corps graduate and Baton Rouge native is serving at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Errol James serves as a boatswain’s mate that is responsible for renderings honors for military members and veteran’s funerals.
James credits his hometown for giving him opportunities he would not have had otherwise experienced that has helped in naval service.
“My hometown taught me that the world was a lot bigger than just where I’m from,” said James. “It’s helped me to adjust to other people and cultures and beliefs and even food.”
Naval Station Mayport was commissioned in December of 1942.
It houses multiple surface ships as well as aviation units.
James is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy our nation needs.
“I’m kind of the first of my kind in serving,” said James. “Whatever works for you, whatever is best for you, that’s really what service is about.”
James said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“The Navy has taught me a lot of trades that will help me after the military,” said James.
James is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities, and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, James and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
Serving in the Navy, James is learning about being a more respectable leader, Sailor, and person through handling numerous responsibilities.
“The Navy has taught me the importance of the commitment to what I’ve done,” said James. “I wanted to get out at four but now I’m at seven because I wanted to see the ‘greater later thing’.” ℜ
Story by Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach. Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ward