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Why I Serve: Guantanamo Sailor Loves Navy Lifestyle

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 31, 2005 – "The best thing about being in the Navy is being in the Navy," said Seaman Michael Sean Brophy, a master-at-arms here.

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An electrified fence separates Navy Seaman Michael Sean Brophy from the blue waters of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem

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The 20-year-old sailor said he especially loves the travel, training, "learning new things and making new friends."

"Probably one of the best things ... is getting to meet new people everywhere we go," he said.

He said serving as a master-at-arms has been even better than he expected. He said he enjoyed a lot of new experiences during an assignment to Japan, and is so far enjoying his deployment to Guantanamo Bay.

A Florida native, Brophy said he especially loves the hot weather here. During long, cold months in Japan with heavy snow, "I'd be wearing nine layers of clothing," he said with a chuckle.

Brophy joined the Navy right out of high school in 2003. He said he feels like he was born to the Navy, and specifically the master-at-arms field. His father and two uncles are veterans, and he has a strong family background in law enforcement and firefighting.

"When I went to the recruiter I asked him, 'Do you guys have anything in law enforcement? Otherwise I won't talk to you,'" Brophy related.

The young sailor said he feels like joining the military was "the right thing for me."

"It works for me," he said. "You know what you're doing every day, and you've got a steady paycheck. Stability and structure, that's what I'm looking for," he said.

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