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Robert Bettoney

Robert BettoneyBiomedical Engineering Technician III, Clinical Engineering

I felt that by serving in the U.S. Navy, I was doing my part to ensure the safety and security of our great nation. My dad and all of my uncles served in the Navy during World War II. My dad was at Normandy for D-Day. I wanted to do my share to support and defend the Constitution of our great country and learn a valuable career at the same time.

I also wanted to see the countries of the world, which is why I joined the U.S. Navy. During my 20-year career, I enjoyed visiting 41 countries—not counting the Caribbean Islands, it would be easier to list the islands I have not visited. The only continent I have not been to is Antarctica. I enjoyed visiting every one of them and seeing the different cultures, but I always looked forward to returning to our great country.

In the Navy, I worked on Guided Missile Systems. I used a wide variety of test equipment to test and repair the systems. I learned many valuable lessons in troubleshooting different equipment, which prepared me for the career I chose.

I also served two years in Special Warfare as a boat captain on River Patrol boats, where I trained with, and transported Navy SEALS, green berets and Marine Force Recon. That experience opened my eyes to realize that there are many ways to get a job done. My military experience has taught me that sometimes the answer to a problem isn't always black and white. As the saying goes, sometimes you need to think outside the box.

Photo: This photo was taken at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire for my parents’ memorial service.