Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Joseph McGowan

Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Joseph McGowan from Fallen, Nev. is a leader on the damage control training team aboard the amphibious transport dock ship, USS Cleveland (LPD 7), which recently visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Cleveland is the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011.) In his 11 years of service, McGowan has gained pride and professionalism in the work place. He was awarded his first Navy Achievement Medal after an ultra unsurv aboard the mine sweeper, USS Devastator (MCM 6), where his work ethic was molded. In 2010, during a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Cleveland, McGowan was surprised when the departing commanding officer, Capt. Kevin Couch, gave his last order to advance McGowan to the rank of first class petty officer. “I take pride in my work, and I love my job,” McGowan said.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Eli J. Medellin

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