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By Ashley Craig, Navy Office of Community Outreach

MERIDIAN, Miss. - Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patricia Elkins,
Navy Office of Community Outreach

At Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Meridian, instructors teach sailors to be combat-ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.

Airman Recruit Deshia Daniels-Corbett, a native of Newark, New Jersey, is a student at NTTC Meridian, learning the necessary skills needed to be an aviation maintenance administrationman.

“As an aviation maintenance administrationman, I will be responsible for completing paperwork and making sure inspections are conducted on aircraft,” said Daniels-Corbett.

Daniels-Corbett, a 2023 graduate of Newark Technical High School, joined the Navy three months ago.

“I joined the Navy for educational reasons and to start a better life for myself at the age of 18,” said Daniels-Corbett. “I chose the Navy because I felt like they took more care with the people who are joining. They’re better at helping families who don’t have military experience adjust and handle stuff financially.”

Daniels-Corbett relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Newark to succeed in the military.

“Growing up, I learned to be a leader and follow the things that you want to do because if you don’t, you can get caught up in the wrong things,” said Daniels-Corbett. “Knowing this made me choose to join the Navy.”

NTTC Meridian, located at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, is committed to developing dedicated and motivated sailors and Marines. Following boot camp, instructors provide entry-level “A” school training to students in administration and supply ratings.

NTTC Meridian is one of the more than 1,640 subordinate learning sites that serve as part of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) domain. NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities enabling life-long learning, professional and personal growth, and development ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.

With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.

Serving in the Navy means Daniels-Corbett is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy is important because, no matter what, we protect and fight for what is right at any cost,” said Daniels-Corbett. “Plus, we are connected like a family allowing us to stick together and fight together.”

Daniels-Corbett has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.

“My proudest accomplishment was graduating from boot camp,” said Daniels-Corbett. “I thought it was difficult, but once I finished I knew that if I could do it, anyone who wants to join can do it. It was important to me because there were a lot of times when I wanted to give up and quit, but knowing I was strong enough to do it and mentally capable allowed me to push through.”

As Daniels-Corbett and other sailors continue to perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means I’m able to be part of the fight to make my country safer and continue to fight for freedom and democracy,” said Daniels-Corbett.

Daniels-Corbett is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank my mom, Crystal Corbett,” said Daniels-Corbett. “She has been my biggest supporter, encouraging me to be great and remain focused. She told me to shoot for the stars and aim higher than the moon.”

Daniels-Corbett is already looking ahead to the future.

“Although I am young and I am just starting my career, it’s never a bad thing to want to be better,” added Daniels-Corbett. “If you work hard now, you can rest up later knowing you accomplished a lot.”