Military Matters: How CPO Emenogu gives back

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NAVAL AIR STATION MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Serving in the military takes a special kind of dedication. It's a full-on commitment that demands the best, but one Chief Petty Officer at NAS Meridian decided to push himself even further. Not only does he look after vital emergency equipment, he's now taking care of people's health too.

CPO Nnamdi Emenogu is the maintenance supervisor of vital equipment, including gear used for emergency landings. And if that weren't enough to keep him busy, with the help of the Navy, he has enrolled in graduate school and is earning a Master’s in Public Health degree.

Chief Emenogu, who's originally from Nigeria, wanted to use what he has learned at hospitals in another African country.

"I went to Uganda. It was a volunteer opportunity which was part of my courses,” Emenogu said, “We helped them do some health screenings. We took blood pressures. We took glucose levels and we assisted with just vaccinations for some of the kids."

Emenogu, who's married with one daughter, says it's not always easy to balance working and studying but he was determined to make it happen.

"You have to take advantage of whatever time you have available. And I have goals to get a lot of things accomplished and college was one of them so I needed to make sure I got it done as soon as I can," Emenogu said.

Those he works with appreciate his passion and hard work.

"Chief brings so much to Naval Air Station Meridian. Everything he does on the flight line every day is very consuming of who he is and all of his time and he has been highly successful in achieving his master's and we're really proud of him for that," said Executive Officer at NAS Meridian, Cdr. JP Falardeau.

After 17 years, Emenogu encourages young sailors wanting to further their education to take every opportunity to better themselves.

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