Hometown Hero: Valerie Beverly

Hidden History

“I have a beautiful life. I have a very peaceful life.”

And Valerie Beverly is living it.

“My life is the way it is because of the foundation of what I learned in the Navy, and God. I can’t leave that part out, our relationship with God.”

“I learned about work ethic, I learned about taking pride in the things that I do, I learned about being a team player.”

But it all started with what she learned growing up.

“My grandfather made us pull engines, made us clean blocks, made us put them back together, so it was bred in me to work with mechanics.”

But she ended up going in as an aviation electrician in 1985, based at Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.

“You have seen the big carriers with tons of aircraft on the top where there’s a team of people that’s there, and that would be us.”

“You’re being entrusted with a multi-million dollar aircraft, and so the work that you do can make or break the safety of that aircraft, whether or not the individual who is getting in that plane to fly makes it back home…So wherever that aircraft was, you were there to escort it and maintain the maintenance of it so yes you are as well on the ship.”

She would check things like air pressure, all the electrical equipment, and make any necessary repairs.

“Before that aircraft is even prepared to have a pilot in it, all those things have to be worked out in advance.”

Besides her duties, her future would take shape during her seven years of service as she met her husband while on base.

“I was interested, like right away. I was, yes, I had already targeted him like yeah.”

He’s also a Navy veteran, and how two of their kids are also in the same branch.

“It’s a part of our legacy as a family. We’ve talked to our children since they were small about being good citizens and serving your country and what that means.”

“We have challenged them to, in their lifetime, to particpate in guarding this country to participate in serving this country, so we take that very serious.”

And Valerie also took her service to our country very seriously.

“It’s a privilege to be in one of the most powerful, greatest nations in modern history.”

And for those looking to enlist, she suggests getting your family involved with the process.

“And if you cannot decide which armed forces you want to go into, the best thing that I can say is go Navy! (laughter) Go Navy!”

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