JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Every week, we're putting a spotlight on the brave men and women here on our First Coast who serve in the military.
Antonio Raggio-Martinez works in the security department at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. As a master-at-arms, Raggio-Martinez keeps guard at the gate and patrols on base.
"Out of everyone in my family, I'm the first one to join the service and partake in it."
The 21-year-old joined the Navy in 2017. NAS Jax is his first command.
"I joined out of a recruiting office in Antioch, California and then I got shipped off to bootcamp."
The California native says he wanted a more challenging career and was determined to achieve some new goals while serving his country.
"There's so many opportunities and just things I can experience on my own and now with my wife."
Raggio-Martinez hopes to continue his education and get his bachelor's degree in the future. He recently earned a promotion to third class petty officer and was recognized as NAS Jax's "Blue Jacket of the Year."
If you have a story to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org