Stoneboro native serves with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola | Community

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3rd class petty officer Cassidy Gonzaleza native of Stoneboro, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola operating out of Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Gonzalez joined the Navy four years ago. Today, Gonzalez is a member of the hospital corps.

“Joining the Navy was a stepping stone for me,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t want to go to college right away, but I wanted to do something where I could help people.”

Growing up in Stoneboro, Gonzalez attended Lakeview High School and graduated in 2018. Today, Gonzalez relies on similar skills and values ​​found in Stoneboro to succeed in the military.

“The importance of having a tight-knit community and a good support system is something I brought with me from my hometown to my career in the Navy,” Gonzalez said.

This continues to help Gonzalez while serving with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola.

Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola, also known as Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), is older than 26 states and is in its second century of service. It is one of the oldest and most respected military medical facilities in the country. NHP continues to provide health care to more than 150,000 beneficiaries at its main facility and ten sub-clinics across five states.

With more than 90 percent of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95 percent of international telephone and Internet traffic carried by submarine fiber optics, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States are directly tied to a ready Marine and force.

Gonzalez and the Sailors with whom they serve have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I never thought of myself as a leader before, but being in the Navy pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to be a leader,” Gonzalez said.

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