Cocoa High School Graduate Alyssa Murphy Protects U.S. Navy Forces in the Middle East
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Erica Gardner, Navy Office of Community Outreach // April 28, 2019
Murphy serves as the leading-edge of the Navy the Nation Needs
MANAMA, BAHRAIN – Petty Officer 3rd Class Alyssa Murphy, a Cocoa, Florida, native, joined the U.S. Navy to have a different path in life.
Now, two years later and half a world away at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Murphy serves as the leading-edge of the Navy the nation needs.
“There are not many people here and we do a lot of work of a higher pay grade, giving us better training opportunities,” said Murphy.
Murphy, a 2016 graduate of Cocoa High School, is an equipment operator at NSA Bahrain, forward-deployed to the Arabian Gulf region in the Navy’s U.S. 5th Fleet.
“We, as equipment operators, are responsible for the execution of line haul operations, moving weapons, gear and personnel for special warfare and Marine Corps commands at home and those deployed,” said Murphy.
Murphy credits success in Bahrain, and in the Navy, to many of the lessons learned in Cocoa.
“I learned time management growing up,” said Murphy.
U.S. 5th Fleet directs naval operations to ensure maritime security and stability in the Central Region, which connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean through the western Indian Ocean. They work with partner nations to ensure freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in international waterways.
NSA Bahrain enables the forward operations and responsiveness of U.S. 5th Fleet and allied forces in support of Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia’s mission to provide services to the fleet, warfighter and family.
“We are responsible for moving equipment around to different locations and providing maintenance on the vehicles,” said Murphy.
The Navy’s U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of ocean and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
This expanse, comprised of 20 countries, includes three critical choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.
“The culture and the time change while staying connected with family makes a bit challenging,” said Murphy.
Serving in the Navy means Murphy is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans.
More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.
“Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Murphy is most proud of providing services to more than 147 tenant commands on a daily basis, which helps them accomplish their mission essential tasks.
“I understand the magnitude of what I do, but I am just doing my job to the best of my ability,” said Murphy.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Murphy and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes contributing the Navy the nation needs.
“To me, serving in our country’s Navy means that I get enriched in different cultural experiences as well as the honor to serve my country,” said Murphy.
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