Groundhog Day Special Edition Extra
Sailors of the Day
Aviation Ordnanceman Airman
James W. Buchanan - Portland, Oregon
AOAN Buchanan, a small arms technician and .50 cal mount captain assigned to Weapons’ G-2 division, joined the Navy two-and-a-half years ago to see the world and receive a college education. To Buchanan, the most rewarding aspect of his job is “knowing that I control a means to defend the ship.” Buchanan is working hard to make rank, become dual warfare qualified and be an overall successful person. In his free time, Buchanan loves to play sports.
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Airman
DaMarkeus K. Brumfield - New Orleans, Louisiana
AZAN Brumfield, a logs and records clerk assigned to AIMD’s IM-1 division, joined the Navy two years ago to provide for his family. To Brumfield, the most rewarding aspects of his job are working with “cool, down-to-earth people,” receiving a guaranteed paycheck every 1st and 15th, and getting great educational benefits. Brumfield is working hard to earn his EAWS pin, make E-4 and become enrolled in school again by next year. In his spare time, Brumfield enjoys watching ESPN and spending time with his wife Sabrina and daughter Da’myra.
Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman
Wesley Bo Gainey - Greenville, S. Carolina
ADAN Gainey, assigned to the “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, joined the Navy three years ago to “do my part in the war on terrorism and support my family’s freedoms.” To Gainey, the most rewarding aspect of his job is knowing the work he does gets jets off the flight deck to support troops on the ground. After his Navy career, Gainey aspires to become a music producer and eventually attend the Juliard School of Performing Arts to play the drums. Gainey enjoys working out and playing the drums in his spare time. Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class
Leah M. Vargas - Stockton, California
AM3 Vargas, an airframes technician assigned to the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, joined the Navy three years ago “because my grandpa would’ve wanted me to.” To Vargas, the most rewarding aspect of her job is knowing how proud her family is of her every day. Vargas aspires to one day become a worldrenowned heart surgeon and travel to countries that need her help. When not on the ship, Vargas enjoys playing the drums in her spare time.
Photos by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse L. Gonzalez