JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --
U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Orrin Bryant III, a religious program specialist for Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, is the MCAS New River Go-Getter of the month. Bryant, a Leonard, Michigan native, enlisted in the Navy in April 2012.
“My grandpa was in the Air Force for 32 years,” said Bryant. “I never knew I was going to join the military, but it came up for me and now I am here.”
Throughout his childhood, Bryant enjoyed wrestling and playing football. When he entered Romeo High School, his love for sports and community only continued. Bryant later attended Macomb Community College, where he realized he needed a change of pace and decided to pursue a career in the Navy.
“I have always loved being part of a team,” recalled Bryant, always appreciating the sense of family he has with his team. “I work with my religious ministry team every day to help Marines, Sailors, or whoever is in need.”
Bryant began his military career in Camp Pendleton, California, with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division where he was immediately met with an impactful situation.
“As I checked into [2nd Battalion, 5th Marines], the chaplain that was there checked out for leave,” said Bryant. “We got a call to help a Marine who needed assistance because he was having suicidal thoughts. We helped him and took care of him, and part of that was making sure he went to medical and got the professional help that he needed.”
Bryant's determined, helpful nature and strong abilities as a Sailor have carried him far throughout his 11 years of service from the hot deserts of California to the jungles of Okinawa, Japan.
“I have met so many different people and have had new and different experiences,” said Bryant as he recalled his years of service. “I have been to many places in the world and have experienced many cultures where I am interested to learn about what they like, our similarities and differences.”
With the support of his wife of 9 years and two sons, Bryant plans to continue his career as a Sailor and retire after 20 years of service.
“Family is what keeps me going,” said Bryant. “I am always striving to do the best for my family and to help my sons grow up to become good adults. My wife supports me and understands the long hours and work that go into my job and I am grateful.”