Story by MCSN Carla Ocampo
Photo by MC3 Lex Wenberg
Junior Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) are getting the opportunity to be leaders within their command through the Junior Enlisted Association (JEA). JEA was created by a group of motivated Sailors looking to make a difference. It is the first association for junior Sailors aboard Stennis.
“A group of Sailors and I noticed that there was no junior representation on board and thought it would be great to establish JEA,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Henry Nguyen, JEA president. “Junior enlisted make up a majority of Sailors aboard.”
JEA was established to give back to the crew and community, and improve morale.
“We have many fundraisers planned,” said Nguyen. “November is men’s health awareness month and we are raising money for organizations.”
JEA was only established a couple of months ago and already more than 80 Sailors have joined. “We’re still looking for motivated Sailors who want to make a difference,” said Nguyen. “All junior Sailors are welcome to attend meetings.”
Aside from fundraisers JEA is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and responsibility explained Nguyen. Members of the JEA can serve as mentors to new check-ins making a difference in a Sailor’s life.
“The association is good for putting the junior enlisted voice out there,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Marlon Squires, JEA vice president. “All the activities we plan on being involved in are positives steps to advancing ourselves both professionally and personally while in the Navy.”
JEA is a fun way for junior Sailors to give back to the command while developing essential skills. Sailors interested in being a part of JEA can contact Nguyen for more information.