Religious Programs Specialist- Focus on Service

Religious Programs Specialist- Focus on Service


MY GRANDFATHER WAS IN THE NAVY AND MY FATHER
WAS IN THE ARMY… IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD… SOMETHING
I WANTED TO DO WITH MY LIFE… LOVED COLLEGE BUT IT DIDN’T LOVE ME. SO, I JOINED THE NAVY… REALLY WANTED TO
BE A RESCUE SWIMMER. WHEN I WAS IN PENSACOLA TRAINING TO BE A RESCUE SWIMMER IN AIRCREW
RESCUE SCHOOL I BROKE MY FOOT. WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR MY FOOT TO HEAL
I GOT A CHANCE TO WORK IN THE CHAPEL ALONGSIDE A GREAT CHAPLAIN. HE WAS SHOWING ME ALL OF
THE TRAINING BOOKS AND WHAT A RP IS AND WHAT A RP DOES… I WAS LIKE HOLY COW I WANT TO
DO THAT. I AM BRIANNA WAHL, A RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALIST
SECOND CLASS CURRENTLY STATIONED IN NAVAL AIR STATION MERIDIAN IN MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI. TO ME IT JUST KIND OF MEANS BEING THERE FOR
THE SAILOR OR MARINE THAT’S NEXT TO YOU. IT’S JUST MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE GOOD TO GO. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT’S JUST RELIGIOUS
STUFF THAT THEY CAN COME TALK TO RP’S ABOUT OR THE CHAPLAIN ABOUT. BUT, IT’S NOT THE CASE
AT ALL. IT CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING… LIFE IN GENERAL… LIFE HAPPENS… STUFF HAPPENS…
FINANCES… YOU’RE STRESSED OUT AT WORK… YOUR DOG DIED, IT CAN LITERALLY BE ANYTHING.
RIGHT NOW, I’M GOING TO SCHOOL FULL TIME FOR MY BACHELORS IN PSYCHOLOGY. I REALLY, REALLY
JUST LIKE HELPING PEOPLE AND TALKING TO PEOPLE. MY GOAL SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE IS TO SET MYSELF
UP TO BECOME A SARP COUNSELOR… IT’S A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR FOR THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS. THE COMMUNITY OF MERIDIAN IS PHENOMENAL. WITH
THE BASE WE GET SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP PEOPLE, DO COMMUNITY RELATION PROJECTS AND
REALLY IMMERSE OURSELVES WITH THE PEOPLE HERE … IT’S BEEN A BLESSING.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WE DO EVERY YEAR IS NASHOBA COUNTY FAIR. IT’S A PLACE WHERE
WE GET TO INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY GETS TO INTERACT WITH US AND
REALLY FEEL AND SEE OUR PRESENCE HERE IN MERIDIAN IN MISSISSIPPI. WE SERVE NAVY BEAN SOUP. IT’S HOT, IT’S HOT
OUTSIDE BUT THEY LOVE IT, I LIKE IT SO… IT’S FUN.

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