Asian American named Navy’s OSC Atlanta Reserve Blue Jacket of the Year

Dobbins Air Reserve Base, April 8, 2017 – A Lawrenceville resident who is a Navy Reservist assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Atlanta was recently named  Reserve Blue Jacket of the Year at the center.

Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Ying Meng, a member of the Surge Maintenance Atlanta unit, was recognized for her superior performance throughout 2016.

“EM2 Ying Meng has been an asset to SurgeMain since the day she joined our unit,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dave Weber, the unit’s commanding officer, noting that Meng qualified for shipyard duties in half the allotted time and is always volunteering to help the unit. “SurgeMain Atlanta leadership is proud to count her as a part of our team and looks forward to growing her in leadership and responsibility in the future,” Weber said.

In the unit, Meng is the recall bill and assistant plan of the month petty officer. As a civilian, she is a full time student at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, where she is working towards her bachelor’s degree in information technology. She also works as a student assistant in the college library, where she was inspired to join the Navy by her supervisor, a former naval officer.

Meng, who is originally from China, joined the Navy Reserve in 2013 and became a naturalized citizen in 2014. She serves with her husband, who is also from China, in the SurgeMain unit.

She received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for her work with the National Park Service, cleaning beaches, supporting Earth Day events, and serving as videographer and video editor for her church.

Meng said her recognition as Blue Jacket of the Year motivates her. “It’s a reward for what I have achieved, and it encourages me to continue to work  hard and be a better me,” she said.