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Roswell native provides medical support aboard USS Iwo Jima

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Synowsky (Submitted Photo)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN — A New Mexico High School graduate and native of Roswell is providing medical support aboard USS Iwo Jima, a U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Synowsky joined the Navy four years ago to go on an adventure before college.

“I felt if I waited too long to join, I would become too comfortable in civilian life,” said Synowsky.

Today, Synowsky serves as hospital corpsman with the 1st Battalion 8th Marines responsible for being an Emergency Medical Technician. Synowsky specializes in trauma and point of injury medicine.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s medical department supplements the medical department aboard USS Iwo Jima and provides support to the Marines on the ship.

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Though there are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers, Synowsky is most proud of the brotherhood of serving in the Navy and the Marine Corps.

“Beyond that, I would say it is being considered a mentor,” added Synowsky. “When I first joined my unit, an experienced hospital corpsman took his time and patience to set me up for success. I’m most proud of the fact that I am now in the position that allows me to mentor and help others succeed.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Synowsky, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a tradition providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy means being able to have unique experiences and see sights that I would not have if I followed my original path,” added Synowsky.

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