NORFOLK (NNS) — When Julianne Obedicen joined the U.S. Navy, she thought she would only fulfill her four-year contract. Now, six and a half years later, she serves as an Information Systems Technician (IT) at Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT)—and she has a few notable accomplishments under her belt.
“I originally joined the Navy mainly for the school benefits, because I didn’t want to burden my parents with a lot of money for college,” said Obedicen. “After a while, I realized this was a pretty good gig.”
Obedicen said deploying on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) strongly encouraged her to continue serving because she had the opportunity to travel to the Mediterranean, Dubai and Bahrain.
“IT’s can go anywhere,” she said. “As long as there’s a computer network, we’re there. So I was looking at shore duty stations and COMSUBLANT showed up.”
Transitioning from the surface fleet to the submarine community was a culture shock for Obedicen. However, she excelled in her duties there, earning the COMSUBLANT Junior Sailor of the Quarter 2018 award.
Individual commands recognize outstanding Sailors with the Sailor of the Quarter award. Leading chief petty officers nominate candidates who then move onto an oral board comprised of senior enlisted personnel. There, they answer questions on topics ranging from naval history and uniform standards, to current events and naval strategy.
“Once I won Junior Sailor of the Quarter, I competed against four other Sailors for the COMSUBLANT Junior Sailor of the Year for fiscal year 2018,” she said. “If you win that, you go up for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Submarine Junior Shore Sailor of the Year award.”
Obedicen won both.