Aadam, M. Shaheed, BM2

Boatswain's Mate
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
2013-Present, BM-0000, Fleet Reserve Center
Previously Held NEC
ZZ-9999-Not Applicable
SH-3122-Barber
MA-9545-Law Enforcement Specialist
CT-0000-Cryptologic Technician
MA-0000-Master-At-Arms
BM-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
Service Years
1993 - 2013
Foreign Language(s)
African-Swahili
Arabic-Gulf (Iraqi)
Arabic-Standard
French
Haitian-Creole
Japanese
Spanish
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Great Lakes
Mossback
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Emerald Shellback
Sandbox Sailor Operation Iraqi Freedom
Suez Canal
BM-Boatswain's Mate
Five Hash Marks


 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge

 

 Official Badges 

Recruiter


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Emerald Shellback Persian Excursion




 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Branch 103
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 103 (Member) (Yokosuka, Japan) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
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Live life like you are going to die tomorrow and live life like you are going to live�forever. That's the motto I live by.��

I got to give a shout to the bros out there.�Yall already know the business.�Feel free to�hit me up but travel light please.�
Salaam.�

 
   

 Duty Stations
Army National Guard (ANG)USS Sacramento (AOE-1)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Advancement Schools and Courses
NAVSUBASE BangorNTTC Corry Field, Pensacola, FL (Faculty Staff)USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)COMNAVACTUKUSS Saipan (LHA-2)USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)NRD Los AngelesUS Navy
  1992-1993, ZZ-9999, Army National Guard (ANG)
  1994-1998, SH-3122, USS Sacramento (AOE-1)
  1997-1997, SH-3122, OECN, NTC San Diego
  1998-1998, MA-9545, (MA) Law Enforcement Specialist School
  1998-2000, MA-9545, NAVSUBASE Bangor
  2001-2001, CT-0000, NTTC Corry Field, Pensacola, FL (Faculty Staff)
  2001-2001, CT-0000, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
  2001-2004, CT-0000, USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
  2002-2002, CT-0000, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
  2002-2002, NALCOMIS OOMA System Administrator Course
  2004-2006, MA-0000, RAF West Ruislip, London, England, COMNAVACTUK
  2005-2006, BM-0000, RAF West Ruislip, London, England, COMNAVACTUK
  2006-2007, BM-0000, USS Saipan (LHA-2)
  2007-2008, BM-0000, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
  2008-2010, BM-0000, USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)
  2010-Present, BM-9585, NRD Los Angeles
  2013-Present, BM-0000, Fleet Reserve Center
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  2003-2003 OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)1
  2010-2010 Operation Unified Response (Haiti)
 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Branch 103
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 103 (Member) (Yokosuka, Japan) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Reflections on PO2 Aadam's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
My Dad influenced me to join the Navy. As a matter of fact, he and my oldest brother encouraged me to join. My brother retired in the 90's. He was a Boiler technician and my Dad was a Boatswain's Mate back in the day when Black people was only able to become Steward Mates.

I had to join because South Central Los Angeles back in the early 90's was horrible. To the point that drive by shootings were the norm. And if I wanted to live to see 21, I would have to leave L.A.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
I first got to the USS Sacramento AOE-1. It was during Ramadan and I wasn't eating during the daylight hours. I just knew that I made a big mistake when I got to the ship...I didn't have my wife with me, no family, no one but me and some shipmates. I met a guy named SH2 Hicks...we both got to the ship at about the same time. I just bonded with him immediately. He was my perfect alibi to strike into something.

Since I was an undesignated Seaman, I was placed in Deck Department. It was fun in there but I started doing my courses and maintained my friendship with Hicks. Shortly after 4 maybe 6 months, I was in the Supply Department. That is where my journey began. I'm glad I went that route because if my detailer would have assigned me a job when I first went to MEPS, I wouldn't have met Hicks and wouldn't have embarked on my new adventure.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
Thanking God, that I was on the ship and supported the Marines and soldiers. However, I was in London when it got bombed by some terrorists. I was with some good friends named Autumn and Chris Kristofferson.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
M. Shaheed Aadam (Double A), BM2 - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
I loved London. I had so much fun. As a matter of fact, my accent changed!
San Diego, CA - was my next semi-favorite duty station. I met a lot of cool buddies out there. I had more adventures out there that I can imagine.

Yokosuka, Japan - I learned so much Japanese in a short period of time. It was unbelievable! I almost go into tears when I think of that place and London.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
M. Shaheed Aadam (Double A), BM2 - From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
When I got a medal for doing my job in London during the bombings. Oh and when I worked in SSES on the Nimitz.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL AND ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
I earned my NAM working at the Embassy in London.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
The one that made the biggest difference to me was my NAM when I retired from the Navy.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
CTRC R. Goodson. That brother was one cool cat. He really kept it real and looked out for me.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
M. Shaheed Aadam (Double A), BM2 - Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
It wasn't funny then but when I was on the Kitty Hawk, we went to Australia. I was supposed to have a liberty buddy. I had to find someone and picked this guy out who was taking a nap in the crew's lounge on the ship. He went with me but I needed him so I could rendezvous with "someone". Needless to say, I got in trouble because I left my liberty buddy but I still laugh at it when I'm kickin' back.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
The main profession that was offered to me was a recruiting job with a Medical Corporation. But some other jobs are still calling me...so I keep my options open.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
VFW - I'm a lifetime member of the Yokosuka branch. I can go into any VFW with my lifetime membership...that's a good deal.
Freemasons - It started off as a military order but I joined it when I was stationed in Yokosuka.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
I have became a more optimistic about life. I have learned to prepare for things. But more importantly, I learned to keep a secret.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
If you do anything, be sure to keep your options open.
Turn nothing down but collars.
Work hard play hard...but get an education while you're at it.
After difficulty, must come ease.
Don't burn bridges. You never know when you will bump into someone again.
Go hard or Go home.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
For almost 7 years, TWS has helped me connect with old friends that Facebook hasn't been able to do. With TWS, I could talk military stuff and know that my old colleagues can understand me.

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