Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Natalie Moyer

Lt. Natalie Moyer, a pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, stands in front of an HC-130 Hercules. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse.

Lt. Natalie Moyer, a pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, stands in front of an HC-130 Hercules. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse.

‘Service to Nation’ is one of three guiding principles in Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft’s 2014 Commandant’s Direction. Along with ‘Commitment to Excellence’ and ‘Duty to People’, these guiding principles combine to form the crux of our service under Zukunft’s leadership.

In particular, the idea of service to nation is a fundamental aspect of service before self. While each and every Coast Guard member who has taken the oath has committed themselves to the service of our nation, many service members take this idea one step further.

Lt. Natalie Moyer, a HC-130 Hercules pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, is not only an active and valued member at her current duty station, she is active in her local community and continuously embodies the idea of service before self.

Moyer, who graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2008, went on to serve aboard Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous in Cape May, New Jersey, before being accepted into the Coast Guard’s flight training program in Pensacola, Florida. For Moyer, the acceptance into flight school was just the beginning of realizing her dream to become a Coast Guard pilot.

“When you’re a pilot, you are privileged to a deeper understanding of freedom; the world is at your fingertips and your office is amongst the clouds,” she said. “I was afforded this opportunity to call myself a Coast Guard Aviator, because someone believed in me. Someone believed in my capabilities, my judgment, my responsibility and leadership which provided me an opportunity to prove I was responsible enough to control an extremely expensive piece of machinery, conduct risky maneuvers, tackle the most dangerous and emergent situations, and provide hope for those in peril. Being a pilot in the Coast Guard is understanding the difference in freedom and being free.”

Moyer currently works in the engineering department at Air Station Clearwater, where she serves as the administration officer, assisting with the management of 350 people that currently serve in the department.

“LT Moyer is progressing exceptionally well at her first Coast Guard Air Station,” said Cmdr. Craig Massello, engineering officer at Air Station Clearwater. “She continues to work hard, learn, and contribute to Air Station Clearwater’s success.”

Lt. Natalie Moyer stands with a Coast Guard SPAR, Dorthy Kurtz. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Ashley Johnson.

Lt. Natalie Moyer stands with a Coast Guard SPAR, Dorthy Kurtz. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Ashley Johnson.

Aside from performing her normal duties, Moyer serves as the air station’s health-promotion coordinator. Collaborating with local gyms, she maintains open lines of communication to ensure members at her unit are made aware of the resources and programs available to them to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

She also works closely with the USO and other local bases to ensure military members and families are made aware of various events and festivities that may be going on in the greater Tampa, Florida region.

“Natalie is an outstanding junior officer who is highly motivated and hard working,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gary Scott, Moyer’s supervisor at Air Station Clearwater.

Almost a year ago, Moyer learned of yet another opportunity in which she could continue her service to others: the Ms. Veteran America competition.

The competition incorporated some aspects of a traditional pageant; however it was the cause for which she would be competing that drew Moyer to learn more about the event and eventually compete.

Moyer said she was interested in supporting, serving and contributing to such a monumental event, and she soon came together with 24 other military women with one goal: to support their sisters-in-arms in need.

The competition aims to highlight the strength, resilience and sacrifice of women across all five branches of the armed services. The women involved are competing to raise awareness and become an advocate for the non-profit organization Final Salute.

Moyer said when she first learned about the mission behind Final Salute, it was something she never could have fathomed. Final Salute is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by a disabled U.S. Army veteran who found herself homeless after being medically discharged from the military following 13 years of service.

The purpose of the Ms. Veteran America competition is to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of homeless women veterans with children nationwide, said Moyer. She details how the pageant brings together women from every branch of the armed forces to support a common goal.

“While participating, I learned the importance one voice can make when driven by passion and determination for a universal cause,” said Moyer. “I was humbled by the impressive women who truly epitomize selfless service and sacrifice.”

Although Moyer wasn’t selected as the advocate for Final Salute, the experience she gained throughout the competition is something she would never trade.

“I learned more about commitment, sacrifice, dedication, humility, service and honor throughout this competition than I ever imagined; to be involved in this amazing journey was truly a fulfilling experience, but to articulate what this taught me, simply won’t compare,” she said.

Lt. Natalie Moyer sits with the other finalists for the Miss Veterans America. Photo courtesy of Lt. Natalie Moyer.

Lt. Natalie Moyer sits with the other finalists for the Miss Veterans America. Photo courtesy of Lt. Natalie Moyer.

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