Junior ROTC students talk with USS Oklahoma City sailors

Master Chief Petty Officer Joey Hundley, who served on the USS Oklahoma City for 23 years, answered questions Thursday from Navy Junior ROTC students at Capitol Hill High School.
by William Crum Modified: September 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: September 20, 2013

Q: Where have you been in your 23-year career?

A: Countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Hundley recalled playing football and hitting golf balls at the North Pole after surfacing through 56 inches of ice.

Q: What's it take to join the Navy?

A: Graduate from high school and “you can leave the next weekend.” The Navy has higher education opportunities; Hundley is one class away from earning a master's degree.

Q: How much time do you get off each year?

A: 30 days' leave, plus federal holidays.

Q: Are tattoos allowed? Piercings?

A: You must be able to cover tattoos. Gang tattoos are a nonstarter. Women can wear pierced earrings.

Q: Are there women on the USS Oklahoma City?

A: No, but the Navy's submarine service is building a cadre of women officers. They will serve as mentors to support women sailors as they enter the service.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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