'It’s easy to stay motivated when you love your job'
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI - Each week Naval Air Facility Atsugi recognizes a Sailor who has shown exceptional work ethic, skill and knowledge of their craft. The Sailor, nominated by their command, is granted the title Sailor of the Week and is given a letter of recognition by the Commanding Officer of NAF Atsugi. The Sailor is also brought on as a guest along side the Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief to co-host Captain’s Call, the base’s weekly broadcast program.
This week’s Sailor of the Week is Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Nathanuel Jones.
Although having only been onboard his current command for six months, Jones has been an invaluable asset to his cohorts. He has altruistically served 340 hours as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate, and taken charge of his division’s collateral duties such as Foreign Object Debris Petty Officer, Tool Petty Officer, and is actively serving as his divisions Career Counselor.
Jones has been instrumental in the completion of 152 maintenance actions totaling 548 man hours to include 11 expeditious repairs in direct support of Carrier Air Wing Five, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 51 and a few additional units operating in the 5th and 7th Fleets.
Jones has also played a huge role in helping the Navy maintain their relationship with their host nation of Japan by volunteering 60 off-duty hours to the Yokohama Feed the Homeless program, and has participated in events such as the Yamato train station clean up. As his division officer stated, “He is truly deserving of this award.”
Jones came to the Navy from Grain Valley, Missouri, a small town about 30 minutes away from Kansas City populated with approximately 10,000 people. He is the middle child of three siblings and
decided to join the Navy right after graduating high school in 2005.
He said although he was mentally prepared to join the Navy and made the decision to participate in the Delayed Entry Program to assist in the transition, he was very nervous the first day at the Military Entrance Processing Station when the reality of enlisting actually hit home. “The hardest part of boot camp was missing home,” said Jones, but he has since adjusted very well.
Jones states that he didn’t plan on making a career out of the Navy, however being in for seven years, he doesn’t have any immediate plans to leave.
His job provides him the knowledge of airframes and the ability to disassemble, repair, rework and reassemble aircraft components and related support equipment. “It’s easy to stay motivated when you love your job, and the guys I work with really are amazing,” says Jones.
Jones checked into his command in the middle of May during the time where a lot of guys in there department were being cut due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).
“When I got here, the morale in the shop was down because of the Sailors loosing a few of their shipmates to ERB,” said Jones. “I was just returning from a sea duty deployment so I was just happy to be coming home to dry land and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. I feel that I brought a lot of positive energy to the team.”
In his spare time, Jones enjoys taking in the sights and culture that Japan has to offer along with watching movies and working on his car.
He says, “If I did ever decide to leave the Navy, I would definitely take advantage of my college benefits, and pursue a career in mechanics, an area I’m familiar with.”