San Diego Resident Embodies Veterans Day Values as a Member of U.S. Navy Reserve
GUEST BLOG / By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach--As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Cmdr. Haney Hong, a resident of San Diego, supports and defends freedom around the world, as a Navy Submarine Warfare Officer, who is serving as a commanding officer.
Hong is a 1999 Cerritos High School graduate and native of Cerritos, California. Hong also earned a degree from Stanford University in 2003 and Harvard University in 2012 majoring in management science and engineering and public policy.
Reservists, who like all U.S. military swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, seamlessly support and actively aid military missions while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world, according to Navy officials.
“The Navy Reserve is a 100K strong team of sailors embedded across the fabric of society, loyal and dedicated patriots, serving both in uniform and civilian jobs, ready to defend the homeland and deploy across the world in a moment's notice,” said Vice Adm. Luke McCollum, Chief of Navy Reserve.
The Navy Reserve provides strategic depth to America’s Navy as it protects the American homeland and advances economic prosperity by preserving freedom of the seas.
“I plan regular times to work on Navy Reserve matters and also make sure to be very transparent with my civilian staff -- as far in advance as I can -- when there are potential conflicts so we can plan around them,” said Hong
As a Navy reservist, Hong serves with U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Operations Center Chicago as the commanding officer where they support the planning and management of the Navy's operations in North America and the Atlantic Ocean.
Hong is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
A key element of the Navy the Nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Hong is most proud of taking command.
“I'm truly humbled with the opportunity to shape the institution and to grow individuals as a unit commander,” said Hong.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Hong, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Hong is honored to carry on that family tradition.
“My paternal grandfather served in the South Korean Air Force, and so my family has a strong appreciation for military service,” said Hong.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Hong and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy is an opportunity to protect my family and the way of life that has given my immigrant family the chance to thrive,” added Hong.