By Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary S. Eshleman, Navy Recruiting Command
When a Future Sailor walks into a Navy recruiting station, it’s not by accident. They’re driven through those doors by something. Whether it’s patriotism, a desire for self-improvement, or the prospect of adventure and travel, they’re all seeking a way forward. If they happen to take that step in Deland, Florida, they’ll be greeted by Quartermaster 2nd Class Abbe Beaston, a member of the Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville recruiting team, and a Sailor who can relate.
Beaston was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and raised in Columbia. Motivated by a love for her country and a sense of responsibility to serve, she joined the Navy in October, 2010. She was followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, who served in the Marine Corps, and two of her uncles who served as enlisted Navy Sailors.
Her first command was the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) out of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. She hit the ground running and quickly became a stand-out Sailor in the navigation department, earning petty officer of the quarter and several other accolades. While serving aboard the Eisenhower, she completed two deployments, and she cherished the important role she was able to play in the ship’s mission.
After serving at sea, she transferred to an office job on Naval Station Norfolk and gave birth to her son, Alexander. While working there, she began to miss the operational nature of being deployed at sea on an aircraft carrier. Beaston started to feel like she wasn’t contributing to the Navy’s mission like she used to. She’s driven, and wanted a high-speed challenging job where she could feel more rewarded for her hard work. That all changed when she received her new mission, to go to Florida and become a recruiter.
“Recruiting made me look forward to going to work again,” said Beaston, “It gave me back my pep-in-my step.” She’s now driven by finding and guiding quality people into the Navy. “The best parts of recruiting are being able to be a mentor to the Future Sailors, and changing people’s lives for the better,” said Beaston.
Beaston is also pleased with the lifestyle recruiting has allowed her to develop by being able to fully embed herself into the community around her.
“I’ve been able to buy a house and settle in this community for a little while, which is great for raising my son. It’s all stuff that I never thought I’d be able to accomplish this early in my career,” said Beaston. “I love to be able to go to the beach, swim and take Alexander to the park.” Now that she’s been enlisted for almost eight years, she’s been able to see the benefits of her choice to join the military, and she’s decided to pursue the Navy as her career until retirement.
“I don’t know where I would be without the Navy; I love being a mom, Sailor and daughter, and being part of the best team in the world,” said Beaston. “I like the rich tradition, and the camaraderie and discipline I’ve experienced among the ranks.”
She’s also proud of the professional development she’s been able to accomplish throughout her time in, gaining leadership skills, taking mentorship classes, and taking college classes toward an associate’s degree in General Studies.
Using these skills, and the motivation the Navy has given her, she’s applied herself to helping her community by volunteering with the local Boys and Girls Clubs of America as a track-team coach.
“The children are from seven to 18-years-old,” says Beaston, “So I help them stay out of trouble and give them something to look forward to while in school and during the summer.”
Beaston is the type of Sailor the Navy searches for across the world; she is someone who goes above and beyond what’s asked of her and is not satisfied with mediocrity. When a Future Sailor sees her as their initial point of contact, it shows them what’s possible, and it helps push them to reach their full potential in the U.S. Navy.
Beaston is an great example of Navy recruiting across the world. Motivation, professionalism and the passion to help Future Sailors begin their career in the Navy are key attributes of successful Navy recruiters.
Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 21 Navy Recruiting Districts and 5 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups The Navy’s recruiting force totals over 6,100 personnel in more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the globe. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NavyRecruiting) and on Twitter (@usnavyrecruiter).