Cleveland native supports critical Navy mission half a world away

Posted 5/30/19

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Cleveland Native Supports Critical Navy Mission Half A World Away

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn,

Navy Office of Community Outreach

SASEBO, Japan — Petty Officer 2nd Class Sadler Bartula, a native of Cleveland, always wanted to join the Navy. He also wanted to further his education and decided the Navy was the best fit for him.

Now, three years later and half a world away, Bartula serves with Fleet Activities Sasebo, supporting the Navy’s mission one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of U.S. 7th Fleet.

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Cleveland native supports critical Navy mission half a world away

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn, 

Navy Office of Community Outreach
SASEBO, Japan — Petty Officer 2nd Class Sadler Bartula, a native of Cleveland, always wanted to join the Navy. He also wanted to further his education and decided the Navy was the best fit for him.
Now, three years later and half a world away, Bartula serves with Fleet Activities Sasebo, supporting the Navy’s mission one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of U.S. 7th Fleet.

“The atmosphere is very calm in Sasebo so that aspect is nice,” said Bartula.
“I’m the security force protection trainer so I’m in charge of making sure there is proper training of all personnel in the department,” said Bartula.
Bartula credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Cleveland.
“I learned responsibility growing up which has helped me in the Navy,” said Bartula.

U.S. 7th Fleet spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. U.S. 7th Fleet's area of operations encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors.

With more than 50 percent of the world's shipping tonnage and a third of the world's crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy's presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment.

"The Navy is forward-deployed to provide security and strengthen relationships in a free and open Indo-Pacific. It's not just the ships and aircraft that have shown up to prevent conflict and promote peace," said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. "It is, and will continue to be our people who define the role our Navy plays around the world. People who've made a choice, and have the will and strength of character to make a difference."

Fleet Activities Sasebo’s mission is to enable forward-deployed U.S. and allied naval forces while providing superior support to their families.

Serving in the Navy means Bartula is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

A key element of the Navy is tied to the fact America is a maritime nation, and the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

There are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career. Bartula is most proud of being a part of the training department.

“I’m excited to pass on what I learned to the younger sailors,” said Bartula. “The stuff we train on is important and is stuff that will overall save their lives.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Bartula and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, contributing to the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy is fulfilling my role as a citizen and to be able to help others maintain the freedoms they have to live the best life possible,” said Bartula.

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