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Brooklyn Native Serves Aboard USS Thomas Hudner

Petty Officer 1st Class Krystal Belcher, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). The ship is currently operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 11, 2020) Logistics Specialist 1st Class Krystal Belcher, from Brooklyn, New York, assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner’s (DDG 116) supply department, poses for a photo at her desk supply support August 11, 2020. Thomas Hudner participates in Canadian Operation Nanook alongside US Coast Guard, Canadian, French, and Danish Allies to enhance their Arctic capabilities, and meet the requirements outlined in each nationÕs respective defense policies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Sawyer Connally)

Belcher joined the Navy to see the world, find a better life and have educational opportunities. Now, she is serving as a logistics specialist responsible for ordering supplies, handling mail and customer service.
“I balance the ship’s budget and distribute funds to obtain tools, equipment, machinery and supplies to make sure the ship and the crew have everything they need to accomplish the mission,” said Belcher. “I make sure the crew gets mail on time.”

Belcher’s favorite part of the job is the finical aspect.

“They give you millions of dollars and you have to track every penny of it to make sure the mission is accomplished,” said Belcher. “Nothing moves without me.”

Thomas Hudner is the namesake of Navy Pilot Thomas Hudener, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroically attempting to rescue Ensign Jesse Brown during the Korean War.

There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers. However, Belcher is most proud of successfully training junior Sailors and seeing them advance and progress.

“Seeing people I trained see the bigger picture and win awards and be recognized for their performance is a point of pride,” said Belcher.

Belcher is honored to create a tradition of military service in her family.

“My family is following me into the military,” added Belcher. “Now, my younger brother and cousin have joined. My brother is a radioman for the Army and my cousin is in the supply core for the Army.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Belcher, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

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