Hawley native trains next generation of U.S. Navy submariners

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By Ensign Rebecca Ives, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A Hawley, Pennsylvania, native is training sailors to continue a 123-year tradition of service under the sea.

Submariners play a critical role in carrying out one of the Defense Department’s most important missions: strategic deterrence. As an instructor at Navy Submarine School, Chief Petty Officer Jessica Barnes is teaching sailors the skills needed to operate aboard submarines so they can successfully complete missions around the world.

“After spending a year in college, I realized it wasn’t for me,” said Barnes. “I joined the Navy because I wanted a change of scenery and I wanted to be a part of something that meant more than what I was doing. I couldn’t picture myself joining any other branch.”

Growing up in Hawley, Barnes attended Lake Wallenpaupack Area High School and graduated in 2012.