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Soldier Spotlight: Jeff Hendershot
Name: Jeff Hendershot
Hometown: Leeper, PA
High School: North Clarion High School, Class of 1990
Branch: United States Navy
Rank: E-6 (Electronics Technician First Class or ET1)
Joined the service in (year):
Delayed entry program in 1989, Recruit Training July 1990
Years of Service:
19 years active duty, 1 year active reserve
8 years as a Hospital Corpsman (medic)
13 years as an Electronics Technician
Currently stationed at:
I’m currently working as a systems administrator at a training command in San Diego, CA. I’ll be retiring in just over a year.
Previous Duty Stations:
Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 15, Sioux City, IA
USS Bataan LHD-5
USS Eisenhower CVN-69
Navy Recruiting District, San Diego, CA / Navy Recruiting Station, Anaheim, CA
USS Milius DDG-69
1999-2000 Mediterranean Deployment – USS Bataan LHD-5
2007 & 2009 Western Pacific Deployment – USS Milius DDG-69
2008 Rim of the Pacific Exercise
What is your favorite thing about being in the military?
I’ve enjoyed the travel most of all. If I hadn’t joined I’d have never made it to so many places all over the world – Spain, Italy, Crete, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Bahrain, UAE, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Guam, Hong Kong. It’s great to see so many things and meet so many people from all over. That doesn’t even include how much of our own country that I’ve traveled in the last 20 years.
What inspires you to be in the military?
There are so many people out there who either aren’t able to or are unwilling to do the job we do. When it’s all boiled down everything we have here is because at some time a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine has stood up to preserve that. I’ve been on the receiving end of protesters before as well. All I can say is I will give my last breath or drop of blood to protect their right to speak their mind no matter how much I may disagree. It’s for those rights that I do the job I do.
What is your most memorable moment in the military?
For most people their most memorable moment in the military would be some special award or major promotion. For me it was the day I found out a very close friend of mine had lost his life while serving in Baghdad, Iraq. He was a medic for a Marine Corps unit and gave his life trying to protect and save lives.
I have a 12 year old daughter. She keeps telling me that she’s considering following me into the Navy. I’m currently planning to move back home once I’ve retired. The plan is to turn my hobbies into my job there and open a small business. After more than 20 years, I’m ready to come home.