Name: AO1(AW) Ata Perata

Command: HSMWSL

Job: Weapons School Instructor

Age: 38

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Favorite Hobby: Traveling

Hero: James Elliott Williams

Best Piece Of Advice Received: Success or failure is entirely dependent upon how much effort you, yourself, put into it.

Goal For Navy: Make Chief Petty Officer.

How Has The Navy Improved Your Life?: The amount of responsibility thrust upon you in the Navy quickly brings you to a new level of maturity and ability to cope. The Navy taught me to never shy away from a challenge! If it seems like you're biting off more than you can chew, you just chew faster and if you need help, just ask, don't say no to the challenge because you're scared.

Why Was This Sailor Chosen?: AO1 Perata has excelled in every job he has been assigned. His demonstrates what it is to be a Sailor in today's Navy.