PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - A 2005 Shiloh High School graduate, 2009 Columbus State University graduate and 2017 Purdue University graduate with master degrees in public health education and native of Snellville, Georgia, is serving at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as part of the largest mobilization of reservists in Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) history. The mobilization is tied directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Amberia Simpson is one of the reserve sailors deployed to the Navy's four public shipyards as part of the Surge Maintenance (SurgeMain) program. Established in 2005 to augment the Navy's organic civilian shipyard workforce in times of need, SurgeMain has 2,200 enlisted reserve sailors and 240 reserve officers across 75 units.
"I'm doing what I signed up to do and standing in and working alongside active duty and civilian partners," Simpson said.