Grand Prairie native serves with Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jerome Fjeld, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Norfolk, Va.—Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexia Molina, a native of Grand Prairie, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group operating out of Norfolk.

Molina graduated in 2017 from South Grand Prairie High School.

The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Grand Prairie.

“My hometown gave me the ability to follow the Navy's traditions,” Molina said. "It prepared me for the beginning of my career and gave me the mindset needed to get through boot camp."

Molina joined the Navy six years ago. Today, Molina serves as a machinist's mate.

“I joined the Navy because I did not want to go to college,” Molina said. "Also, I've always wanted to be in the Navy."

Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia, is made up of more than 3,300 personnel assigned to three regiments and seven battalions across the United States. Its mission is to deliver worldwide expeditionary logistics with active and reserve personnel to provide a wide range of supply and transportation support critical for peacetime efforts, crisis response, humanitarian and combat service missions.

Serving in the Navy means Molina is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy is important to national defense because we protect the world's oceans,” Molina said. "We maintain mission readiness so we can show up anywhere in the world at any time to defend the county.”

With 90 percent of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.

Molina has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service. “My proudest accomplishment was having my son while I was serving,” Molina said. "Having my son really matured me and made me the person I am today."

As Molina and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the U.S. Navy. “Serving in the Navy is what gives me the ability to take care of my son, Isaiah,” Molina said. "I am immensely proud of what I have accomplished and hope to have a long career in the Navy."

Molina is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible. “I would like to thank my mentor, Warrant Officer Tim Walker,” Molina said. "He is the leader and sailor I strive to be. He has been helping me become a better version of myself for most of my career."

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