In the Service

3/30/2014

Guzman reports for duty

Guzman reports for duty

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sandra Guzman is serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

A Garden City native, Guzman graduated from Garden City High School in 2010. She kicked off her naval career on Aug. 3, 2010. Since she was only 17 when she joined, she needed to get parental permission.

Guzman reported to her first duty station, Naval Hospital Pensacola, on Feb. 22, 2011. After Pensacola, she reported to the USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2013 to continue her duties as a hospital corpsman.

Guzman's love of medicine and helping others is leading her to use the Navy to achieve her educational goals. She wants to pursue a career in medicine after going to school, hoping to be a physical therapist or a sports trainer. She would like to be admitted to the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in physical therapy, which is a four-year graduate program that accepts only five sailors a year.

The USS Abraham Lincoln is undergoing a refueling complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. Lincoln's RCOH is expected to be complete by the fall of 2016.

Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet.

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