JIOC Sailor leads by example

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Aimee Julian

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Aimee Julian

Story and photo by MC2 Robert Stirrup

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Aimee Julian, assigned to Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC) at Joint Base

Pearl Harbor-Hickam, grew up in a military lifestyle and decided to enlist in the Navy.

Since her father was a 25-year Air Force veteran and Julian was involved in her high school’s junior reserve officers’ training corps, she figured that joining military service made sense.

“Having grown up around the military, I felt like it was a good idea to join so my life would have structure and I wouldn’t have large amounts of debts from going to college,” said Julian, a native of Eagle River, Alaska.

The rate of intelligence specialist (IS) wasn’t Julian’s first choice, but it worked out for the better, she explained.

“Originally I was dead-set on being a hospital corpsman, but they didn’t have any spots available at the time,” Julian said. “I had a lot rates I could pick from that I didn’t like, but then I came across IS which seemed interesting, and then I ended up loving it.”

Currently stationed at JIOC, Julian manages and tasks intelligence collection for theater and national level assets throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, ensuring timely intelligence is provided to deployed forces.

“IS2 Julian demonstrates outstanding initiative and leadership rarely seen in a Sailor of her rank,” said Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Victor Dalton. “She is eager to learn, and her enthusiasm is never exhausted. She is an asset to this command, the community and the Navy.”

During her free time, Julian said she likes cooking and photography, along with enjoying the easy going Hawaiian lifestyle.

She stated that her current career goals include experiencing shipboard life and earning multiple enlisted warfare pins.

“Right now my goals are to go to a ship, preferably an aircraft carrier, to see what the Navy is all about,” Julian said. “By going to a ship, I believe that is where I will be able to learn the most about my job and see what being an IS is all about.”

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