Name (rate/rank, first and last name): AWR2 Benjamin Rodrigues

Job: Operations Petty Officer at Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic

Age: 28

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Favorite Hobby: Fishing

Hero: Kenneth Jay Rodrigues (Father)

Best Piece of Advice Received: Plant your corn early

Goal for the Navy: Serve my country to the best of my ability

How has the Navy Improved Your Life? The Navy has given me the tools and direction to be successful.

Why was this Sailor Chosen to be highlighted? Petty Officer Rodrigues’ extensive knowledge and commitment to his duties led to him being hand-selected as the Weapon School’s most recent Junior Sailor of the Quarter. AWR2 Rodrigues is a graduate of the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) School and a member of the Operations Staff. He is instrumental in producing flight schedules that coordinate with six different squadrons, including complex weapons employment flights. Because of his hardworking spirit and “can-do” attitude, he was chosen to be an Assistant Search and Rescue Instructor, allowing him to lead individual Search and Rescue evaluations for other members of the command. Petty Officer Rodrigues is also an enthusiastic member of the command’s MWR team, actively participating in fundraising to improve morale. His initiative, team building skills, and positive attitude have earned him the respect of both his peers and superiors.