Home to the Navy’s only boot camp, Naval Station Great Lakes has been turning civilians into U.S. Navy sailors for nearly a century.
The Navy’s largest training facility 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.
Lt. Brittney Sanders, a native of Radcliff, plays an important role at NAVSTA Great Lakes as a supply officer, supporting the training and mentoring of sailors for the future of the fleet.
As a supply officer, Sanders provides logistic support in the form of inventory control, financial management and contracting for the Navy.
Sanders, a 2008 graduate of John Hardin High School, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Radcliff.
“I learned that making mistakes is not the end of the world,” Sanders said. “If you make strides to identify your faults and improve on them, you can always correct your course.”
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.
Sanders plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Sanders is most proud of receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for her leadership during a department head tour in Sasebo, Japan.
“The officer who held that position before outranked me by two pay grades, so I was proud that I was able to maintain the same quality of work despite being a very junior officer at the time,” Sanders said.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Sanders, who has military ties with family members who previously have served. Sanders is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My father was a first sergeant in the Army,” Sanders said. “My experience serving in the military for the past six years helped me better understand and appreciate the sacrifices that he made for us 20 years ago. His perspective and experience has also helped me through difficult times in my career, so I hope to offer the same support to others.”