Benjamin Carpenter

“The Navy gave me the opportunity to see how other people live and what they go through; a chance to experience different things and maybe leave a positive impact on people around me.”

I thought you go to high school, you go to college, you get a job. I started off going to college for a little bit. I realized that it wasn’t exactly for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was driving by the Navy recruiting office one day and decided to go in and ended up joining.

I entered the Nuclear Propulsion program and eventually went to the Eisenhower, which is one of the United States’ 11 aircraft carriers. I did about five years, and now I’m here in Pittsburgh in the recruiting district. They asked me where I wanted to go when it was time for shore duty I thought that this would be a good opportunity to change somebody else’s life or change other people’s lives the way that mine was changed for the better.

I’m from Moscow, Tennessee, which is a really small town by Memphis. I grew up on a dairy farm, so when I get through with the Navy that’s probably where I want to go back and be a farmer. I’m married, I have three beautiful daughters and wouldn’t change it for the world. The Navy gave me the opportunity to see how other people live. Getting out of my small town with the Navy, where I saw the same thing day in and day out, gave me a chance to experience different things. Maybe, in some way, I left a positive impact on people around me and can bring that back home to Tennessee.

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