Petty Officer 1st Class Veronica Foley née Melendez, a native of Beaumont, is serving as a Navy personnel specialist on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and sustaining the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF) to execute combat, combat support, and combat service support missions across the full spectrum of naval, joint, and combined operations which enable access from the sea and freedom of action throughout the sea-to-shore and inland operating environments.
As a personnel specialist on the staff of NECC, Foley provides human relations support to all the sailors at her command.
When asked about her job Foley said, “I prefer taking care of people. I am in a position to help sailors personally and professionally.”
Foley graduated from Manchester Township High School in Lakehurst, New Jersey in June 2005. She earned an Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College in December 2017 and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with University Maryland Global Campus.
The NECF is comprised of sailors skilled in a diverse set of specialized capabilities. These expeditionary sailors support the U.S. Navy while serving as members of Coastal Riverine and Naval Construction Forces, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Diving and Salvage Units; and as part of expeditionary units that provide unique intelligence and logistics capabilities.
Manning is an important part of what NECC does for the NECF and Foley is right in the middle of that good work.
“My favorite part of this job are the sailors,” said Foley. “I love teaching them skills to better themselves that they can then pass along to their future sailors.”
According to Navy officials, maintaining maritime superiority is a vital part of a Navy that is present today and prepared for tomorrow. The impact affects Americans and their interests around the world, as more than 70% of the Earth is covered by water and 90% of all trade travels by sea.
The foundation of the Navy the nation needs includes a focus on warfighting, warfighters and the future of the fighting force.
“I am confident that we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “We will do so with urgency. Our fleet will be a potent, formidable force that competes around the world every day, deterring those who would challenge us while reassuring our allies and partners.”
NECC was established in January 2006. As a force provider for operational commanders, NECC offers a continuum of capabilities that are unique to the expeditionary maritime environment. NECC seamlessly operates with the other services and coalition partners to provide cooperative assistance as requested.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Foley, whose father served in the Navy. Foley is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“I always knew I wanted to be like my Dad when I grew up,” said Foley. “He’s the reason I enlisted.”
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Foley, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.
“The Navy is everything I thought it would be after watching my Dad over the years,” said Foley. “He set me up for success and didn’t even know it.”
- MCC Karen E. Kleinbrook, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs