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Statesboro native serves with U.S. Navy half a world away in Guam
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Askew
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Askew, a 2007 Statesboro High School graduate and Statesboro native, is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Base Guam. (Photo courtesy U.S. NAVY)

GUAM – A 2007 Statesboro High School graduate and Statesboro native is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Base Guam.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Askew is a master-at-arms serving with Naval Base Guam Security Detachment. Askew is responsible for providing law enforcement on Naval bases.

Askew credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Statesboro.

“I learned about how a small town can accomplish anything when they work together," Askew said. "No matter how big or small a task is, when you have a team it is attainable.”

According to officials at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the ships, submarines, aircraft and Navy personnel forward-deployed to Guam are part of the world’s largest fleet command and serve in a region critical to U.S. national security.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompasses 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. All told, there are more than 200 ships and submarines, nearly 1,200 aircraft, and more than 130,000 uniformed and civilian personnel serving in the Pacific.

“I enjoy being able to meet new people and being in a great place where military members mean a lot to the community,” Askew said.

Serving in the Navy means Askew 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, Askew is most proud of helping others and being a great source for people to talk to.

“I enjoy helping others and serving my country,” Askew said.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Askew and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving to me means having a big family that has the same goals and looks out for each other,” she said.

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