Military Experience Interview with Rex Bergquist

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Father and Son (Rex is on the right)

Heart ‘n Home prides itself on being an employer and hospice provider that honors and recognizes service Veterans and active military members. In fact, Heart ‘n Home has received the “Above and Beyond – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve” award.  The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month, which encourages U.S. citizens every May to observe the month in a symbol of unity and to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.  We recently interviewed Rex Bergquist, one of our Veteran employees, about his military experience.  Rex joined the Heart ‘n Home team in November 2006 and does IT Support company wide.

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What branch of the military did you serve in?   US Navy

What years did you serve?   November 1986 to November 2006. First started the process of enlistment via delayed entry program on May 5th 1986 prior to movie Top Gun being released.  So was not influenced to join because of Top Gun. Lol

Where did you go to boot camp?  Great Lakes Illinois  (often was referred by some as Great Mistakes).

What was your Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC)?  One of my numbers NEC 8262 translated into Rate was AT Aviation Electronic Technician (P-3C Update III In-Flight Technician). My primary job!

Where did you attend NEC school?  In the Navy the school I attended was “A” School Advanced Training school.  It was located in Memphis, TN near Grace Land (home of Elvis Presley) and has since been moved to Pensacola, FL.  I then attended Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, FL; SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School in San Diego, CA; followed by Moffett Field, CA for FRAMP (Fleet Replacement Aviation Maintenance Program) School.

What ranks did you hold?   Final Rank was E7, which in the Navy is referred to as Chief Petty Officer. I was pinned as a Chief in September 2001 after the 911 attacks … a very solemn time.

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Squadron Chief Petty Officers

Where were you stationed?   First Duty station following FRAMP School was Barbers Point Hawaii followed by Moffett Field, CA; Whidbey Island, WA and Warminster, PA and back to Whidbey Isand, WA.

What was your most memorable experience during your time of service?  A 13-day-around-the-world trip in a P3 Orion Aircraft.  We started from Whidbey Island, WA and went west following the sun.  Stopping in Alaska, Japan, Thailand, Diego Garcia (in the middle of Indian Ocean), Masirah Oman, then Flying over Egypt seeing the Pyramids from the air in route to Sicily, Italy. We then went to Rota, Spain which was beautiful and then back to the US via Brunswick, MA, finally ending back in Whidbey Island, WA. It was probably the most exhausting trip I have ever been on.   Purpose of the trip was for the Commodore (O7) we had on board to see the viability of getting Reservists to the regions we visited in a reasonable time.

Heart ‘n Home extends a heartfelt thank you to those in our communities who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. We are forever grateful.

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