November 2019

Veteran of the Month | Rodney McGriff
Posted on 11/14/2019
SDIRC November Veteran of the Month with Board Members

Rodney joined the Navy in 1986. Rodney states that the Navy gave him the opportunity to learn valuable skills and various trades. During his time in the Navy, he had the chance to sail around the world 3 times- with over 1 year and 6 months of sea time.

Most of his time at sea was spent on Aircraft Carriers such as the USS America, USS Nimitz and the USS Kennedy as a PR/AME (Aircrew Survival Equipmentmen (PR) are responsible for keeping parachutes, life rafts, personal flight gear, and other aviation survival gear in proper working condition, working on aircraft oxygen systems. The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment (AME) maintains and repairs utility systems throughout the aircraft. They work on systems such as air conditioning, heating, pressurization and oxygen, plus multiple safety devices.)

Mr. McGriff has had the opportunity to visit several countries during his time of service, such as Spain, Turkey, Egypt, France, Italy, Singapore, Israel, Germany, and Africa. Rodney said that the most valuable lesson he learned while serving was, “To Adapt and Overcome any Situation” to which he lives by daily. He said he is truly grateful for my service to our country and would do it all over again.