Adventures in the Navy

Former boatswain mate remembers his days in the Navy.

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Adventures in the Navy

Sean Reilley is a security gaurd at Capital Ale House, who was in the navy for 10 years.

Sean Reilley is a security gaurd at Capital Ale House, who was in the navy for 10 years.

Madison Horneber

Sean Reilley is a security gaurd at Capital Ale House, who was in the navy for 10 years.

Madison Horneber

Madison Horneber

Sean Reilley is a security gaurd at Capital Ale House, who was in the navy for 10 years.

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Meeting President George H. Bush and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev are not everyday occurrences.

When boatswain mate Sean Reilley met those two individuals while in the Navy, he knew it was an experience he would remember for the rest of his life.

Reilley joined the Navy in 1989 in order to travel and have discipline. He was commissioned onto a boat that was primarily in Naples, Italy, but also traveled to ports around the world.

In addition to Italy, he traveled to France, North Africa, Spain and Liberia. “It was a good experience that everyone should have,” Reilley said.

After a brief period in the reserves, Reilley was commissioned to another ship that traveled to places like Bosnia and Liberia. On this ship is where a summit meeting with President Bush and President Gorbachev was held.

When the two presidents were on the ship, they were given a tour and a chance to talk to some of the Navy seamen, including Reilley. He said he was young, only 19 or 20 and very starstruck. “I never thought I would meet them, let alone at the same time,” Reilley said.

Along with these experiences, Reilley said the comradery in the Navy was amazing. Working together through “rough days, great experiences, and long hours, you grow really close,” Reilley said. He added that these people were some of the best friends he ever had and ever will have.

Reilley said he believes the Navy changed his life for the better. According to him, the adventures he had, relationships he made, and places he went will always be special to him.

 

Places Sean Reilley Visited in the Navy