Panama City Beach man serves with Navy half a world away

Petty Officer 3rd Class Randy Koscak is from Panama City Beach and graduated from Arnold High...
Petty Officer 3rd Class Randy Koscak is from Panama City Beach and graduated from Arnold High School in 2016. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Heidi Cheek)(WJHG)
Published: Oct. 11, 2019 at 3:47 PM CDT
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A 2016 J.R. Arnold High School graduate and Panama City Beach, Florida, native is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Base Guam.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Randy Koscak is a master-at-arms serving with Naval Base Guam Security Detachment. Koscak drives boats for security purposes.

Koscak credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Panama City Beach.

“I learned the importance of staying positive and surrounding myself with positive people,” said Koscak.

According to officials at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the ships, submarines, aircraft and Navy personnel forward-deployed to Guam are part of the world’s largest fleet command and serve in a region critical to U.S. national security. The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompasses 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. All told, there are more than 200 ships and submarines, nearly 1,200 aircraft, and more than 130,000 uniformed and civilian personnel serving in the Pacific.

“The most rewarding part of my job is protecting others," Koscak said. "Security is an important job.”

Serving in the Navy means Koscak 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 the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, 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, Koscak is most proud of being promoted to petty officer third class.

“I get to assist my command more now that I have advanced in rank,” said Koscak.

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

“I get to serve others by being there to protect them," added Koscak. "My job gives me the opportunity to travel all around the world while doing a job I enjoy.”