What's your name and job? Nolan. Machinist Mate. Riverine Combatant Craft Engineer
What does a day in your life look like? (Walk us through your normal day)
Every week when our Navy ships pull in to ports in "less friendly" areas of the world, our small boat teams escort her in and out to counter any piracy terrorism. We are protecting our nations vital supplies and shipping lanes.
What makes you get up in the morning? What do you love about your job?
I love waking up every day knowing that our sailors around the world can count on us to protect them from those that wish to do them harm. Not a lot of folks know about the Navy Riverine and VBSS (Vessel Board Search And Seizure) units but it's not for the recognition! We love what we do and our navy can operate successfully because of us.
What led you to become a soldier, officer, etc?
My grandfather was a submariner in the Cold War. A lot of my inspiration comes from him and his stories. He doesn't share much and he probably never will but he's my hero nonetheless.
What are the most challenging aspects of your profession?
Heat. It's extremely hot in our AOR. Being out in the desert and ocean in full kit has its challenges and having the right gear makes all the difference.
What do you love to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my family and friends. We camp, shoot guns and enjoy the lake. I have my pilots license so we occasionally go out sightseeing in our plane too!
What are your thoughts on the HHV ATE Helmet?
The helmet provides good protection and durability especially in a maritime combat environment while also staying super lightweight and sleek. I've gone on 12+ hour missions with the helmet on and it doesn't bother me as much as a traditional ACH does. And it's AFFORDABLE!
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