Solsberry Native Serves Those Who Serve in Pearl Harbor

(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) – A Solsberry, Indiana, native and 2004 Eastern Greene County Junior/Senior High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. 

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Finley

Ensign Samuel Mobley serves as a Navy industrial hygiene officer within the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of operations. The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. 

As a Navy industrial hygiene officer, Mobley is responsible for anticipating, recognizing and controlling hazards in the workplace that could result in an injury or illness. 

Mobley credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Solsberry. 

“Learning skills such as hard work and dedication during my childhood have enabled me to succeed in the Navy,” said Mobley. 

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 the coast and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. 

Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means Mobley is serving in a part of the world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

“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.” 

The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, many of the world’s largest and smallest economies, several of the world’s largest militaries, and many U.S. allies. The Navy has been pivotal in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region for decades. 

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Mobley is most proud to have been recognized with multiple awards during his Navy career thus far. 

“Specifically, I am proud of the Iraq Campaign Medal I earned while serving in the Al Anbar province as a corpsman with the Third Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment,” said Mobley. 

Mobley joined the Navy as a means to achieve his goals in life. 

“I had a desire to serve my country, and my interest in mechanics led me to the Navy where I could work and gain experience in the industrial environment,” said Mobley. 

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Mobley and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. 

“In my role, it is rewarding to see how my efforts result in increased health and safety of our service members and civilians. My current command has provided me opportunities to gain experience in a new environment.,” added Mobley. “I am very proud to serve in the Navy. It is very rewarding to work with such great people and see how we make an impact on a global level.”

Article by Lt. Courtney Prizer, Navy Office of Community Outreach