2011 Hardaway graduate Jordan Garcia and aviation ordnanceman in the U.S. Navy is now serving aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.
Garcia is not the first member of her family to serve in the military, with a tradition of service running in her family. The history of service in her family did not deter her from enlisting.
“My dad was in the Army and my uncle was in the Navy,” said Garcia. “My brother is also in the Navy in Norfolk. It’s pretty heavy to carry on the tradition, but I can carry the weight. I know they are proud of me for taking the leap of faith to serve and protect our country.”
A native of Columbus, Garcia “credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Columbus,” she told the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Garcia now carries those lessons with her while serving her country.
“I was taught to do things right the first time so you don’t have to do it over again,” said Garcia. “I also learned to take responsibility and accountablility for whatever I do.”
Now serving on a carrier named to honor former President Theodore Roosevelt, Garcia is stationed out of San Diego, the “principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet.” Garcia has reportedly earned distinction throughout her time in the Navy, and was promoted due to being the top of her class.
“The captain promoted me to third class because I was top of my class,” said Garcia. “I am waiting to be frocked as a third class petty officer and I am really excited to move forward in my career.”
For Garcia, the Navy is more than just a job. “Serving in the Navy means everything to me,” added Garcia to the Navy Office of Community Outreach. “It means family, responsibility, love, and morals. It holds you to a standard that you have to uphold and be the best representation of yourself. Serving is about what you do when no one is looking.”