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Warrior of the Week: CS1 (SW/AW) Su Hill

Blair Martin Gradel

Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam Public Affairs

By the looks of her rate, one might assume to find Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW/ AW) Su Hill hard at work in a ship’s galley serving a hungry brood of Sailors. But these days, as part of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Commander Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) Honors and Ceremonial team, Hill spends her time now serving honors and remembering those who have given their life for their country.

“Her honor guard performance and lead of our daily drill maneuvers have been vital to our success,” said Enginemen Chief Joshua Martin. “As the volunteer coordinator, she is responsible for more than 400 community service hours including Alvah Scott Elementary School in Aiea which made her a ‘guest of honor’ during their final assembly,” he added.

In hopes of a brighter future, Hill, who is a native of Seoul, Korea, moved to Orange County, California with her sister to live with guardians.

However, being a foreigner on American soil came with its own set of hardships.

“Our guardians would continuously tell me and my sister there is no need for us to study for anything,” she said. “Since we are immigrants, we won’t be anything better than waitresses.”

Hill said she decided to join the U.S. Navy as soon as she was old enough to prove a point — both to them as well as to herself.

“I wanted to prove people wrong and show them that someone who didn’t have anything, can achieve something greater,” she added.

Now, with more than six years of service in the U.S. Navy, Hill was named as ceremonial drill lead for the honor team and was recently promoted to a 1st class petty officer. She is well on her way to making her mark.

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