Veterans Day 2013: Part 2

This blog is the second in a two-part series for Veterans Day, highlighting military veterans who continued their service as Department of Navy civilians at MSC.

BassettDave Bassett served as a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer on active duty aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61) from 2004 to 2006, and at MSC’s global command information center until 2007. He also served as a Reservist in MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit 116. Dave currently works as a marine transportation specialist for the Sea-Based, X-Band Radar program.

“President John F. Kennedy once said “any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy’. ” I believe that, as much as this held true in the 20th century, it still holds true today.  The opportunity to serve my country at sea and ashore as a naval surface warfare officer has shaped and molded my life for the better. I’ve made lifelong friends and helped keep America and her allies safe as well as helped keep open to free commerce vital sea lanes. I’ve seen far off places, swum in the deepest part of the ocean, and crossed the equator several times. If I had to recommend a career to a patriotic young man or woman with adventure in their heart, I could say without hesitation, join the United States Navy”

Helmkamp MKVMark Helmkamp served in the Navy from 1977-2006, retiring as a captain from the position of the Supervisor of Diving.  His commands included USS Reclaimer (ARS-42), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the Naval School of Diving and Salvage, Panama City, Fla. He currently serves as the Ocean Tug, Salvage Ship and JHSV Class Manager.

“I am proud to have been a member of a great military that has stood ready to defend our way of life, in fact, the Navy can call me back for a deep, cold dive to bone-crushing depths today if they’d like.”


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