By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach
ALEXANDRIA, VA – An Alexandria, Virginia native is serving with Commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, one of nine U.S. Navy amphibious squadrons, responsible for planning and executing amphibious operations and deployments with reinforced Marine battalions worldwide.
According to Ekman, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Alexandria.
“NOVA and the DC Metro taught me to work with everyone well, regardless of their background,” said Ekman. “People come from all over the world to visit and work in NOVA and DC, and being able to experience that wide diversity of thought and background is an experience I am thankful for every day. I wish other people could see as much of the world as I did, without even leaving home.”
“I have learned from serving in the Navy that there are innumerable ways to approach a problem,” added Ekman. “Often, planning meetings in the Navy have representatives from every warfare area and many enlisted specialties. From those meetings of the minds, I have seen elaborate and insightful plans generated using unconventional thinking from some of the most unlikely sources. I recall one time, where an intelligence officer brought up a critical consideration in the surface warfare realm that had the discussion going for hours afterward.”
“I see serving in the Navy as more than a job,” added Ekman. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to be able to work with sailors and Marines in my current position to accomplish amazing feats around the world. We are doing more in a few months on deployment than some people dream about at their jobs at home, this is more than a job; it is a commitment to service and an endless set of opportunities and experiences along the way. I look forward to the adventure will continue to chase the horizon.”
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