'I feel I've become more self-reliant'
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI – Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kegan Kay, of NAF Atsugi’s Public Affairs Office, was among the newest to receive the Sailor of the week honor.
“I am grateful toward my co-workers and chain of command that they felt that I have done a good enough job to have distinguished myself even slightly above others to earn this title,” she said.
Kay, a native of Gonzales, Texas, graduated from Gonzales High School in 2005, went on to earn an associate degree in multimedia in 2007 from ITT Technical Institute, and is working on a degree in visual effects from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
According to Kay’s leadership, the same determination and effort that Kay gave to her academic studies is now being put to good use in her duties as a Sailor and mass communication specialist.
“With a little more than two years in the Navy, Kay has consistently demonstrated her knack for accurately and creatively telling the story of the Navy and Atsugi through images while representing the highest standards of naval photography,” said NAF Atsugi Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joan Price, Kay’s supervisor.
Kay’s responsibilities include preparing and writing news and feature articles, photographing events for publication and historical documentation, and operating computer-based graphics software and desktop publishing systems to create logos and designs for various departments around base.
Although Kay’s initial reason for joining was based on education and finances, she said she has also picked up some valuable traits during her time in service.
“Since I’ve joined the Navy, I feel I’ve become more self reliant,” she said. “I’ve gained a sense of where I want to go in the future and what is important to me.”
During her downtime, Kay enjoys reading, drawing, writing letters and keeping up with various television shows such as “Doctor Who”.
“When I have time, I enjoy writing postcards and letters to my friends and family back home,” she said. “I prefer handwritten mail over electronic mail.”
Along with being honored as Sailor of the Week, Kay was featured as a guest host for the base’s weekly show Captain’s Call with the NAF Atsugi’s Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Wieman and Command Master Chief Carlton Duncan.
“Kay is an extremely reliable reporter who has covered numerous events, capturing the essence of the NAF Atsugi mission and cultural presence in Japan,” said Price. “Regularly volunteering to work late hours, weekends and holidays in order to capture these images, Kay epitomizes the answer to the question, ‘What have you done for your Navy today?”