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Petty Officer Third Class Angel Vargas, a native of Las Cruces, joined the United States Navy searching for ways to do something better in life.
Now, three years later, Vargas serves as a master-at-arms at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, located in Newport, Rhode Island.
“I know that what we do is necessary,” said Vargas. “It takes a special type of person to keep doing this day-to-day.”
“Growing up in Las Cruces, I learned the importance of mental preparation,” said Vargas, a 2016 graduate of Centennial High School. “When I got to boot camp, I felt like I was well prepared to meet the challenges ahead.”
These lessons have helped Vargas while serving at NAVSTA Newport.
Home to 50 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. Army Reserve commands and activities, NAVSTA Newport’s mission is to fulfill the diverse requirements of its tenant commands by providing the facilities and infrastructure that are essential to their optimum performance.
Thousands of students pass through NAVSTA Newport’s on-base schools from all parts of the U.S. and many free nations around the world. These schools include: the Navy Supply Corps School; the Center for Service Support; the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Logistics School; and the prestigious Naval War College.
For this reason, the base is the Navy’s premier site for training officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted personnel and midshipman candidates, as well as for testing and evaluating advanced undersea warfare and development systems.
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and Internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the U.S. is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.
“I'm most proud of earning my designation as a master-at-arms and graduating at the top of my class,” Vargas said.
“I feel like I’m doing something good for the world; maybe something that not everyone is willing to do,” Vargas said.