Homewood native transports U.S. Marines from sea to shore aboard Navy warship

Provided news by Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A Homewood native and 2015 Homewood-Flossmoor High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whidbey Island, a warship that transports and launches U.S. Marines from sea to shore as part of amphibious assault operations.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Christine Hughes. (Provided photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anna Van Nuys)
  Petty Officer 3rd Class
  Christine Hughes, a graduate
  of H-F High School, serves as
  a ship's serviceman operating
  out of Little Creek, Virginia.
(Provided photo by Mass
  Communication Specialist
  2nd Class Anna Van Nuys)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Christine Hughes is a ship's serviceman aboard the dock landing ship operating out of Little Creek, Virginia.

As a Navy ship's serviceman, Hughes is responsible for inventory, sales and making sure that the vending machines are fully stocked for the crew.

Hughes credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Homewood.

“I learned that anything is possible as long as you're willing to put in the work,” Hughes said.

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Hughes is most proud of completing a successful deployment in December of 2016 and earning all the qualifications required for her paygrade.

“I have worked hard to receive my qualifications,” Hughes said. "Obtaining these took a lot of dedication.”

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Hughes, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Hughes is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“I have three cousins in the Navy, one uncle in the Marines and another uncle in the Army,” Hughes said. “I joined the Navy because I wanted to travel and see different things that I wouldn't be able to see back at home.”


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