[Cebu City] March 21, 2022— John Carlo Legaspi, a Filipino-American Petty Officer named as Junior Sailor of the Year, Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron of the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
The San Diego native is the assistant material officer of his command, which monitors the readiness of 14 Military Sealift Command ships supporting fighters from all over the U.S. Armed Services throughout the Indo-Pacific Region.
He strategically positions Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps vehicles, heavy equipment, personnel, and supplies to support so many missions.
“I love my job, and I understand the importance of it. I am grateful to also be rewarded for something I already love to do,” Legaspi said in a press release dated January 25, 2022.
“My job is important because it gives a snapshot of the readiness of our ships. At any point in time, we know who is up and ready to operate,” Legaspi told Dividshub.net News.
John Carlo Legaspi also trains civil service and contract seafarers on how to best prepare their ships for the three-year inspection. He actively examines calibrations on meters and gauges and identifies differences that he can correct in critical ship equipment.
Legaspi’s father was a senior chief in the Navy. His three uncles also served. The Manila-born Legaspi joined the Navy in 2012 and first became interested in the engineering department on his first ship assignment.