The Marcellus native serves with the Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command

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Navy Lieutenant (junior grade), Mary Morocco, a native of Marcellus and a graduate of Manlius Pebble Hill School, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. (PHOTO CREDIT: NAVY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH)

A Mnative arcellus attributed toStrike Group OceanographyThe San Diego team serves the United States Navy at Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.

Lt. (junior grade) Mary Morocco says she joined the Navy two years ago for the opportunities the service provides.

“The Navy gave me the opportunity to serve my country, pay for my education and gain leadership experience early in my career,” she says.

Morocco graduated from the Manlius Pebble Hill School in 2015 and the US Naval Academy in 2019. According to Morocco, the values ​​required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in his hometown of Marcellus .

“Growing up in Marcellus, I learned the importance of taking personal initiative in the pursuit of personal goals, as well as the need to maintain strong ties to hometown,” says Morocco.

The U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs and oversees more than 2,500 military and civilian personnel worldwide who collect, process, and use environmental information to help fleet and joint commanders in all war zones make better decisions. , based on guaranteed environmental information, more quickly. than the opponent.

Whether operating in the air, at sea, or underwater, the Navy’s equipment, personnel, and decision-making all rely on the technical and tactical advice of the Navy’s meteorological and oceanographic officers. Marine.

Naval oceanography encompasses a wide range of missions critical to supporting today’s naval fleet. They include oceanography, hydrography, meteorology, climate science, geospatial information science, astrometry, earth orientation and precise time.

While there are many opportunities for sailors to gain recognition for their command, community and career, Morocco says she is most proud of having earned a wartime qualification.

“I am proud to have earned my surface warfare pin and completed two deployments aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where I also had the opportunity to lead a bridge team as a deck officer,” she said.

As a member of the Navy, Morocco, along with other sailors, knows he is part of a tradition of service providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, global affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the world and for generations of sailors to follow.

“Serving in the Navy gives me the opportunity to work with great, hard-working people in an unspoiled environment,” says Morocco. “I learned so much about myself that I know it will benefit me both in and out of the Navy for the rest of my life.

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