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Veteran’s Day – Pablo Gallegos, Navy
- If you enlisted, what were some of the reasons that you joined the military? How did you choose your branch of service?
- I always wanted to travel and see the world. I was always interested in joining the military because they would provide the opportunity to be stationed abroad. Of all the branches I chose the US Navy for the best possibilities of world travel and it delivered!
- What are some fun things you and your friends did together while you were deployed?
- While on a Western Pacific Deployment in 2002 we were lucky enough to stop in Japan for a liberty port. On our way to Japan, the detachment awaiting our arrival sent a welcome message that included MWR events that were taking place during our stay. To our surprise it included tickets for purchase to the 2002 World Cup (Soccer). After I made sure the majority of the crew knew the rarity of something like that to be available, we were able to put in a request for tickets. About 12 of us were able to secure tickets upon arrival to port. We were able to attend the Mexico vs Italy Group G Match in Oita Japan! It was a 1 goal to 1 goal tie but it was an exciting and fun event to attend. We met fans from both countries attending the game and found out how far and how much they spent to get to the game. The US Navy got us there and for face value tickets to a World Cup! Can’t beat that.
- What are some things you miss about being in the service? What are some you are glad to have left behind?
- The biggest thing I miss about being in the service is the comradery. The US Navy Silent Service as the Submarine Service is commonly referred is like no other. Spending a year in Iraq, fighting alongside US Army soldiers was a unique experience as well. I still keep in touch with those that I served with on missions outside the wire. It is amazing to see all those who served and the sacrifices they endure to make us the country that we are.
- Having said that, I am definitely glad to have left deployments behind!
- What has been difficult to communicate to family and friends about your military service?
- I spent my US Naval career as a submariner and just about everything I did is still classified. I did end up doing a tour in Iraq as an Electronic Warfare Officer embedded with a US Army unit. While the Electronic Warfare portion was classified, most of what we did in Iraq is being told and can be viewed on most networks most notably American Heroes Channel (used to be the Military Channel). So while it has been difficult communicating what I did for most of my career, it’s easier to communicate what I did with the US Army. It helps since I am working for the US Army now as a civilian but difficult because everyone just assumes I’m a US Army veteran. My family and friends keeps telling me they can’t wait to see me on the AHC so she can finally hear my submarine stories! I keep telling them, they’ll be waiting awhile!