Ocean County Native Works At Largest U.S. Navy Training Center

Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Monte Marano (Photo courtesy Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach)

  BAYVILLE – Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Monte Marano, a native of Bayville, has taken on an important role at the U.S. Navy Largest Training Center.

  Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) has trained and sent to the fleet more than two million new sailors through the Recruit Training Command, and nearly an equal number from its technical schools.

  At NSGL, Marano’s role as a mass communication specialist supports the training and mentoring of sailors for the future of the fleet. His duties include the production and dissemination of the Navy’s story, and keeping the public informed of the Navy’s mission.
  Marano graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 2013 and joined the Navy seven years ago.
  “I joined the Navy after I tried out college and determined I needed more structure. After my first enlistment in the Navy, I realized that I definitely made the right choice,” Marano said.
  “I learned from an early age that losing doesn’t make you a loser; giving up does. It’s about how and what you learn from those losses that define you,” Marano added.
  NSGL’s mission is to enable and sustain fleet, family and fighter by providing superior, integrated base operating support for all tenant commands and elements on the installation.
  Over 50 tenant commands and elements as well as over 20,000 sailors, Marines, soldiers, and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation are supported by NSGL.

  Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said the four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities and capacity.
  “For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas, and defend our way of life,” Gilday said. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”
  “The Navy is instrumental in maintaining maritime security and keeping shipping lanes open for the world,” Marano said.
  “I’m most proud of the hard work and dedication that I have put in over the years, and being recognized through my advancement to the rank of petty officer first class in six years,” Marano said.
  Marano and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions. They all take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

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  “Serving in my country’s Navy, means that others have the freedom to live in our great nation,” Marano said.