By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ruth Suarez, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery det. Bethesda
*Editor’s note: In support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Navy Medicine Live blog will feature three “Sailor in the Spotlight” to highlight the great work that our Sailors are doing to support the Navy and Marine Corps team.
Hometown: General Santos City, Philippines
When did you join Navy? October 2008
What is your current job? Health Professions Scholarship Program tuition analyst
What are your proudest Navy Accomplishments? My proudest Navy accomplishment is taking care of our Wounded Warriors and their families. When I was working in the ICU, I have witnessed firsthand the cost of what my brothers and sisters fight and defend for their country and loved ones. Whenever I see them, instead of feeling fear of the dangers in the front, I am strengthened by their continued perseverance to overcome, what could be, their most challenging ordeal, and to contribute to their healing is the most fulfilling act I can imagine.
What is your favorite thing about serving in the Navy? Hearing about my mentor’s sea stories always inspires and motivates me, and reminds me of the tremendous pride and history of the U.S. Navy. And to be part of it is truly an immense honor.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I will be proudly serving as a Nurse Corps Officer.
What are your hobbies? My favorite hobbies are playing sports, playing the guitar, piano, and ukulele, drawing, painting, and photography.