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Veterans Month 2013: Marlene Wurdeman


November 11, 2013

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"My name is Marlene D. Wurdeman and I am a U.S. Navy veteran. I served from March 1978 to March 1985 and was stationed in Japan, Guam, and California during those years. Currently, I am a 23-year Department of State employee working in the Information Resource Management section at the American Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

I signed up in the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in the latter part of 1977, which allowed me to guarantee my schools and rate as a cryptologic technician (communication), also known as a “CTO”. I took my formal oath in Oakland, California on March 1, 1978 where, a day later, I, along with several others in our group of new recruits, promptly headed off to boot camp in Orlando, Florida. After boot camp, I headed to a 5-month “A” School in Pensacola, Florida followed by a 3-week “C” School at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX. With sea bag in hand, I then flew to my first duty station in Kamiseya, Japan in November 1978, where I served for two years. After Japan, I went to NavCamsWestPac, Guam for a year and a half, serving there until December 1980. While in Guam, I extended my enlistment for three more years and headed off to my third (and final) duty station at Skaggs Island in Sonoma, California. I decided to end my career as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Navy and got out in March 1985 where I moved to Sacramento, California, living and working there until I joined the Foreign Service in January 1991."

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