Borough son and 1996 Washington Irving High School graduate Petty Officer 2nd Class Jumah Abdulwahhab is curently serving in the Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific, (RIMPAC).
Abdulwahhab is a culinary specialist aboard USS Carl Vinson, presently operating out of San Diego.
Abdulwahhab applies the lessons he learned from Brooklyn to his work in the Navy.
“Overcoming obstacles, doing the right things, timeliness and attention to detail are important aspects I’ve learned and use in my everyday life,” said Abdulwahhab.
As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, in the RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
“During RIMPAC, I want to have a variety of different experiences and try different foods from various cultures,” said Abdulwahhab.
“My proudest Navy accomplishment has been obtaining my surface warfare pin because you have to know all of the details of ship operations as a whole and by doing so it improves your overall knowledge of all the ship’s departments,” said Abdulwahhab.
As a member of the Navy, Abdulwahhab and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“The Navy has taught me the importance of believing in yourself as a person and working hard to achieve your dreams,” said Abdulwahhab.