Voorhees native serves aboard Navy warship in San Diego

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Hanchar, Navy Office of Community OutreachPhoto by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Hanchar, Navy Office of Community Outreach

By Megan Brown
Navy Office of Community Outreach

SAN DIEGO (SBN) — Petty Officer 2nd Class Colin Krause, a native of Voorhees, New Jersey, serves aboard the U.S. Navy warship, USS Boxer, homeported in San Diego, California.
Krause, a 2019 Eastern Regional High School graduate, joined the Navy three years ago.

“I joined the Navy to experience new things and to travel,” said Krause.Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in Voorhees.

“My hometown taught me responsibility and integrity,” said Krause. “You have to take ownership for your job and be sure that you are doing it correctly even when no one is watching because someone’s life could depend on it.”

Boxer’s crew is made up of approximately 1,200 crewmembers and can accommodate up to 1,800 Marines. Amphibious assault ships transfer Marines, equipment and supplies and can support helicopters or other aircraft.

With 90 percent of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.

“Our mission remains timeless – to provide our fellow citizens with nothing less than the very best Navy: fully combat ready at all times, focused on warfighting excellence, and committed to superior leadership at every single level,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “This is our calling. And I cannot imagine a calling more worthy.”

As a member of the Navy, Krause is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy helps keep our oceans safe and it is another line of defense from adversaries overseas,” said Krause.

Krause has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.

“I am most proud of earning the rank of petty officer second class,” said Krause. “I didn’t ever expect it. It just happened.”

As Krause and other sailors continue to perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means having pride and feeling like you are doing a duty for your county,” said Krause.

Krause is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank Petty Officer 2nd Class Salgado and Petty Officer 1st Class Chaco because they have both been my mentors during my time in the Navy,” added Krause.