Electronics Technician 2, U.S. Navy
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology& American Indian Studies, San Diego State University
Growing up on the Wind River Reservation, Britney Domine joined the military following in the footsteps of her parents, who met while both serving in the Navy. Britney’s mom encouraged her to join the Navy following High School, however she decided to attend college while working at the local casino as a table games dealer. Bored with school and feeling stuck in a job that would keep her living on the reservation, she realized she wanted a career that provided opportunity and structure as well as allowing her to be apart of something bigger than herself.
During her 6 years of service, Britney served as an Electronics Technician with a specialty in various areas including, maintenance, operations, air traffic control radar, and meteorologist equipment technician. She completed a WestPac deployment aboard the USS Boxer where her wrist was sprained at that time. Her service also resulted in injuries to her neck/back, hips and knees due to multiple years of continuous physically stress. The transition following her service proved to be more challenging mentally as she found it difficult to relate to civilians and fellow students as she returned to school due to the age difference and life experience. The long hours of sitting in a classroom also caused additional pain to her back and hips which others could not relate to the struggle.
Brittney found a community through the veterans’centers at Grossmont College and San Diego State University which helped bridge the gap in relating to other students. It was through the veteran center and Sentinel Derek Abbey that she learned about Sentinels of Freedom. Since her acceptance to the program, Britney has received housing support and consistent check-ins through out her program to provide encouragement and accountability as she completes her degree in Anthropology. She is set to graduate in May 2022 and hopes to gain experience in the workforce before returning to school for a master’s degree. Britney is looking at becoming a Forensic Anthropologist working to identifying remains of military members that were Prisoners of War, Missing in Action and/or Killed in Action. She has a strong desire to continue to serve and help bring home the remains from fallen service members.
“I am extremely grateful to SOF as it has been great for financial stability and support as well as giving me another sector of the student veteran community to be a part of.”
– Britney Domine