BREMERTON, WA — Commander Annette Washburn a pilot and 1993 Northmont Senior High School graduate and Englewood, Ohio native, is a Navy Reservist serving with Pacific Command, Detachment 501 in Bremerton, Washington in the U.S. Navy, which protects and defends America on the world’s oceans.
The Navy Reserve is celebrating its Centennial anniversary. Congress authorized the establishment of the Federal Naval Reserve on March 3, 1915. Initially, the only Sailors eligible to enroll were enlisted Navy veterans.
On Aug. 29, 1916, with the prospect of America’s entry into World War I looming, the Navy Reserve reorganized to allow the enrollment of non-veterans and designated as the U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Since Sept. 11, 2001, there have been more than 70,000 Selected Reserve mobilizations, along with an additional 4,500 deployments by Full Time Support Sailors, including more than 8,000 who have done a second combat tour.
Since its establishment in 1915, there have been five U.S. presidents who have served in the Navy Reserve.
“Why Being There Matters” - On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.