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Willoughby native named Blue Jacket of the quarter

Ariana Berry

Submitted by Navy Office of Community Outreach

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariana Berry, a native of Willoughby was selected as Blue Jacket of the Quarter serving at Training Support Center Hampton Roads (TSCHR) Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Blue Jacket of the Quarter is awarded to a junior sailor who exemplifies outstanding leadership and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job.

Berry, who has served in the Navy for two years, is a Navy information systems technician responsible for communications, processing messages, security and network administration.

"We continue to maintain systems we work on while integrating other plans we receive to update the physical hardware or software of our machines," Berry said.

"What I like and enjoy the most out of TSCHR, is mainly the family aspect that I get from my department and the loyalty from my entire chain of command," Berry said. "I feel as though if I ever needed help or guidance, I can reach out to anyone and they would make time for me."

Berry, a 2018 Cornerstone Christian Academy graduate, was confident in her decision to join the Navy since she was 7 years old.

"My father served in the military so I've always been influenced by him to be great and make a life-changing decision that would better myself in the future," Berry said. 

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Berry, 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.

"Serving in the Navy means that I am willing to dedicate my life to this country and it makes me proud that I am a part of the world's greatest Navy," Berry said. "The Navy gives me a warm feeling that I am protecting my family and loved ones back at home, while also giving back to the people of this country. I love that feeling."

"Over my two years, I have learned that there is nothing more important than knowing that we are all one team, with one fight, to complete a mission together," Berry added. "Once I learned that myself and truly understood that meaning now as a sailor, I am a force to be reckoned with."