As Americans reflect on the service of military men and women this Veterans Day, some may not realize that they are fellow residents with those who serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Lt. Cmdr. Brian Comrov, a resident of Milwaukee, supports and defends freedom around the world, as a Navy chaplain. Comrov is a 1989 Brisk Yeshiva Academy graduate and also earned a degree from Upper Iowa in 2005 majoring in psychology.

Reservists seamlessly support and actively aid military missions while continuing to lead their own independent lives in the civilian world, according to Navy officials.

“The Navy Reserve is a 100K strong team of sailors embedded across the fabric of society, loyal and dedicated patriots, serving both in uniform and civilian jobs, ready to defend the homeland and deploy across the world in a moment’s notice,” said Vice Adm. Luke McCollum, Chief of Navy Reserve.

The Navy Reserve provides strategic depth to America’s Navy as it protects the American homeland and advances economic prosperity by preserving freedom of the seas. In addition to serving in the Navy Reserve, Comrov has been working at his civilian job for three months.

As a Navy reservist, Comrov serves with Religious Support Great Lakes responsible for spiritually leading sailors. Comrov is playing an important part 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 the Nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that 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.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Comrov is most proud of becoming assistant officer in charge of his unit.

“I have worked many hours outside of drill weekends,” said Comrov.

Adorno is honored to start a tradition of being the first in his family to serve in the military. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Comrov and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy is a chance to help defend our freedoms,” added Comrov.

Theodore Quintana

Justin M. Whitley and Sean Hurt