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    Story by Megan Mills 

    Naval Air Station Sigonella

    The ability to take calls from people experiencing scary, complicated, and desperate circumstances requires extensive training paired with a calm, unflappable demeanor. Although Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Nuria Avalos is working outside of her rate as a dispatcher in Naval Air Station Sigonella’s emergency operations center (EOC), she has risen to the task with outstanding skill and enthusiasm.

    Originally from Fountain Valley, Calif., Avalos joined the Navy in 2015 and has served on USS Gerald R Ford (CVN78) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71).

    “I joined the military because I wanted to be part of something big, to challenge myself and help get the experience I need to find my own path,” said Avalos. “I picked the Navy because I love the sea. The force of the sea is what stood out from every other branch.”

    Last year, her path took her to NAS Sigonella, where she joined the EOC as a dispatcher. Although it was not the job she planned for when she joined the Navy, she leaped at the chance to help people.

    “From the beginning, Avalos was dedicated to learning everything she could about being a public safety communicator,” said Kyrene Resel, lead emergency dispatcher. “She is always the first to answer the phone or the radio and to pitch in with whatever is needed. She handles emergency calls with compassion and professionalism.”

    Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) David Hooker, the leading chief petty officer of the EOC, agrees, “If I had a life threatening emergency and I called her, I know I would be in good hands.”

    In addition to her skill at handling emergency calls, Avalos has also made an impression on her co-workers with her bright outlook.

    “No matter what, Avalos has a can-do, positive attitude, and she works tirelessly to ensure that everyone on the team feels valued,” said Resel. “She is an incredible asset to our emergency dispatch center. Every day she goes above and beyond to take care of both internal and external customers, and our center wouldn’t be what it is without her contributions.”

    Part of Avalos’ attitude can be traced back to her high school days. When she ran track, her coach taught her a lesson that has influenced her to this day.

    “When we had our race meets, our coach always said to push until the end. ‘Pain is temporary, it’s all in your head.’ And of course, at the end of the race the pain was gone,” Avalos recalled. “I live my life thinking of that.”

    However, her service in the military has had the strongest impact on her life.

    “Serving the Navy means everything to me,” said Avalos. “It has made me the person I am today.”

    In addition to excelling at her new job, Avalos spends her time in Sigonella hiking, playing video games, working out, and dancing. She has also taken the opportunity to travel.

    “Everywhere I have been to in Europe has been amazing!” said Avalos. “My top as of now would be Rome and Florence, they’re a must-see!” She also has advice for those who want to stay on the island. “Syracuse in Sicily is beautiful, and granita and brioche is a must-try!”



    Date Taken: 04.08.2022
    Date Posted: 04.25.2022 09:53
    Story ID: 418918
    Location: SIGONELLA, IT 

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