By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kegan E. Kay
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Sailor of the week is a title granted to a different Sailor on board Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi once a week who has shown exemplary skill and work ethic within their shop and rate.
This week’s Sailor of the Week is Utilitiesman 2nd Class Scott Combs.
Combs was honored as the guest host of the base’s weekly show, Captain’s Call, with the Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Wieman and Command Master Chief Carlton Duncan during a special filming for Halloween.
The unique episode was filmed at the Zombie Apocalypse Haunted House created by Combs and the rest of the NAf Atsugi Seabees. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, Combs, Wieman, and Duncan dressed as Zombies for the show’s holiday episode.
Combs is a native of Macomb, Ill. and a 2004 graduate from Macomb High School.
“I joined the Navy because I wanted to travel and see the world and provide for, at the time, my new wife,” said Combs.
After completing boot camp, Combs began training as a utilitiesman at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
“As an utilitiesman, we handle air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, waste water treatment, sewage, contingency, water distribution. It’s a pretty long list,” explained Combs.
Like so many naval personnel, Combs initially joined the Navy to see the world.
“My favorite place was Iwakuni, Japan,” said Combs. “I was only there for two months but that was my first stint in Japan. I loved it.”
Not only has the Navy provided the opportunity to see the world, but also provided Combs with invaluable works skills.
Combs holds the title of operations petty officer for the NAF Atsugi Public Works Seabee department.
“I am responsible for the day-to-day tasking, making sure all of our Seabees are employed,” explained Combs. “I also handle project forecasting and scheduling our projects in advance. I make sure that our crew leaders and project supervisors have all the information and materials they need.”
Combs said he does not always enjoy the management side of his work but rather likes seeing the completed projects for each client.
“My favorite part of the job is seeing a finished product,” said Combs. “It’s pretty satisfying to see a finished product where there use to be nothing.”
When Combs is not at work, he enjoys spending his time playing video games and tabletop gaming.
“For the past few years now I’ve really have gotten into tabletop gaming, like miniature war games,” explained Combs. “It is a lot of strategy. There is a lot of depth to it. Assembling the models, painting them, learning how to use them effectively on a ‘battlefield,’ it is time consuming.”
Combs balances out his free time with both indoor and outdoor activities. He enjoys playing soccer, going swimming or rock climbing and when in the U.S. he likes paint balling with friends.
Combs would like to retire from the Navy after completing 20 years of service and one day own his own comic book and gaming shop.
“I haven’t decided on where yet but I would like to own my own comic gaming store,” said Combs. “Just a good place for kids to come because there was only one place in my hometown like that. I think that kids need a constructive place to stay after school or during the summer where they can hang out because there are not enough safe, positive places. There are too many negative places out there nowadays.”
After almost eight years of service in the Navy, Combs has advice for anyone thinking about joining the service based on his experience.
Be prepared. The phrase we always say is ‘Simper Gumby,’ always flexible,” advises Combs. “Plans change all the time and if you expect a ridged schedule then the military is definitely not for you. You have a schedule but it changes constantly and that is the one thing about the military that makes it harder on people. They expect to work a 9-to-5 job and then go home. When you are in the Navy, when you are in the military in general, that is a 24 hour job, so if you get a call at two in the morning, you are still in the Navy. You have to come in and you still have work.”