WASHINGTON, March 11, 2106 – Today’s all-volunteer force is among the finest military that has ever served. They are motivated, well trained and educated, and they routinely make untold sacrifices in the performance of their day-to-day duties. In this article, let’s take a glimpse into the life of one of America’s finest, Navy Senior Chief Shareef AsSadiq, after he retired from over 20 years of honorable active service.
Shareef served as an electrician’s mate at various at-sea and shore commands. His skills were utilized in the direct support of naval operations overseas, including tours of duty in the Middle East. As an electrician’s mate, his duties included, but were not limited to, installing power and lighting circuits; repairing distribution circuits; running wiring for lights and other equipment; maintaining operating efficiency of distribution panels, switches, switchboards, controllers, voltage regulators, current transformers and voltage transformers; and much more.
As an E8 (senior chief), he provided direct and effective leadership to most command members and had oversight of several divisions and workcenters.
Senior Chief AsSadiq and his fellow sailors saw extended periods of family separation. He has also seen the ravages of war up close and personal. Memories of his naval service, both good and bad, will forever remain etched in his memory.
Not willing to settle back in retirement, Shareef wanted to visit each state whose freedom he and his fellow military members proudly served during his Navy career. To do this, he and two friends embarked on a very ambitious journey of visiting all 48 continental U.S. states in a 10-day period.
This ambitious motorcycle journey (which covered 9,330 miles) started in Queens, New York, and ended 10 days later at the Oregon Scenic Byway in Umatilla, Oregon. Those who complete this demanding quest have the distinction of joining the “Iron Butt Association.”
When it was all said and done, Shareef and his two biker companions visited all 48 states: From sea to shining sea!