New leadership has big plans for the future
The newly elected executive cabinet members of the Junior Sailor Association (JSA) recently convened for their first meeting since taking office.
The meeting kicks off what cabinet members hope will be an eventful year working for positive change in the lives of Junior Sailors. This is a mission that cabinet members take seriously.
“It is important for the command to have a JSA because it promotes unity among Junior Sailors, giving us a voice and allowing us the opportunity to inspire change in our work environments and the Atsugi community,” said JSA President Yeoman 3rd Class Nicole Guerrero. “Our intent is to positively influence Junior Sailors and fellow service members alike.”
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Carlton Bradley wants Sailors to know that it doesn’t matter what command they are in, the JSA is open to anyone who wants to join.
“I am part of Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), and our president is from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51,” said Bradley. “Just because you are from a different command doesn’t mean that you don’t have the same issues that someone else has. By bringing everyone together, it is much easier to solve problems.”
With the summer season fast approaching, JSA is planning on putting on many activities both on and off base for Sailors to get out and mingle with Sailors from other commands. This however isn’t the only thing that they have planned.
“We want to do the fun things just as much as anyone else, but we realize that we have a responsibility to our community and fellow Sailors first,” said Guerrero. “The most important job that JSA has is providing the Junior Sailors here at NAF Atsugi with a positive place they can go whenever they need to recharge throughout the week.”
One of these places is the JSA lounge, located on the 5th floor of Building 1289, which has couches and televisions where members can go and just relax and take a few minutes to get away from their busy schedules.
They also want to provide relevant knowledge to their members. One way they plan on accomplishing this is by incorporating small trainings into their meetings to better prepare members for upcoming exams.
“Just a short training on general military knowledge is what we are planning to start with,” said Bradley. “As we grow as an organization and our membership expands, we would like to see different Sailors from different rates begin to step up and lead training on something that may be difficult for others.”
The next few months should be an exciting time for the new cabinet as they see their plans begin to take shape.
“It’s all about growth- not only of the organization but the members who make up the JSA,” said Guerrero. “We are the future leaders of the Navy and the only time we want to see a member leave is if they have outgrown us for the First Class Mess.”
The JSA holds meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month starting at 6 p.m. JSA council members encourage fellow Junior Sailors to attend.
“Anyone is welcome,” said Guerrero. “It is an open forum and if you have a great idea or have heard about an upcoming event we would love to know about it so we can get involved.”