DOWNEY - Currently aboard the Navy's USS Nimitz, 21 year old Carol Kim is performing duties as an E-3 airman. Having joined the Navy one year and eight months ago, Kim has been enjoying her time in service, stating "The Navy has been life changing. It is a great opportunity to see different places and meet new people. Not to mention is pays for your education."Kim is currently on a Western Pacific deployment working to defend America's interests of spreading peace and stability abroad. This tour of duty will continue for six months and upon her return Kim will be stationed in Washington. During her deployment, Kim's specific job is to work on parachutes, liquid oxygen, and life preservers, which are vital to saving pilots' and aircrew members' lives. The USS Nimitz, currently carrying a crew of 5,000, departed from San Diego Aug. 31 under Captain Michael C. Manazir. The USS Nimitz travels under the philosophy "Teamwork… A Tradition." On board, Rear Adm. John W. Miller Commander CSG 11, states enthusiastically, "I'm proud of these sailors, and all their families for the mutual commitment to support their country. This deployment is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We are ready." Kim's day-to-day routine includes 12 hours of work followed by free time to relax, during which she enjoys watching movies and running. Currently looking to make a career out of the military, Kim plans to serve for a total of 20 years and then become a history teacher or school counselor. Prior to enlisting, Kim resided in Downey and attended East Middle School and Downey High School. During her time at Downey High, she was a member of the cross country and track team. Kim's parents still reside in Downey.
********** Published: August 21, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 18