Sailor of the Week hit the ground running
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI – This week’s Sailor of the Week is Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) 3rd Class Chelsea Nelson of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30).
Having been in the Navy for nearly two years, Nelson stated that stability and money, or lack thereof, was her reason for joining the military. And it was her car that helped her make that final decision.
“One day my car was broken and I went to go get it fixed,” said Nelson. “They gave me an estimate and I said ‘No, thank you.’ I went to talk to a recruiter that day. I had already been thinking about it and I was kind of teetering, but I went and signed up that day.”
As an AT for VRC-30, Nelson’s responsibilities include performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on avionics, navigation, communication and related systems on two detachment aircraft. She also performs aircraft inspections and oversees the servicing, launching and recovering aircraft as an afloat and shore plane captain.
“Nelson has hit the ground running here at VRC-30 DET FIVE,” said her Divisional Officer Lt. Glen Premo. “Onboard for less than a year, she has advanced in rate, qualified as plane captain and earned her enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Wings. Her dedication serves as an inspiration to supervisors and peers alike.”
Not only has the Navy provided Nelson with a stable job she enjoys, but afforded her the opportunity to live out her dream of traveling.
“I’ve always wanted to travel,” said Nelson. “I knew I was going to see the world, I just didn’t know how I was going to do it. I know I’m definitely going to look back and say that I got to visit all of these cool countries.”
During Nelson’s free time, she can be a bit of a “jack of all trades” when it comes to hobbies and interests.
“I get bored really easily and I like to switch stuff,” said Nelson. “I like to sing. I knit and crochet sometimes.” When she was in high school, Nelson was given the opportunity to participate in a month long domestic class and spent her time learning how to quilt. “So I know how to quilt, even though I haven’t done it in awhile. I like playing basketball. I like drawing. I like a lot of stuff. Just depends on my mood.”
Nelson was honored as Sailor of the Week by being the guest host of the base’s weekly Captain’s Call show with the NAF Atsugi’s Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Wieman and Command Master Chief Carlton Duncan.