A Belton native is using the values and skills she learned growing up in Central Texas to make a name for herself aboard one of our navy's finest vessels.

Class of '17

Petty Officer 2nd Class Destinee Batista graduated from Belton High School in 2017. She joined the Navy three years ago, and now serves aboard the USS Iwo Jima.

Eyes on the Future

"I joined the Navy in order to set myself up for the future," Batista said in a recent interview shared with us by the Navy.

Batista credits her Belton upbringing with helping her succeed during her service to our nation.

“I learned be independent and self-efficient," said Batista.

An Accomplished Sailor

It's always great to have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on a Central Texan who's representing our community in the armed forces, and Batista's accomplishments are definitely worth celebrating.

“I’m most proud making the rank of second class in less than three years,” she said.

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A Spirit of Service

Most people who join the service do so to build a better future for themselves, and a major part of that journey is dedicating themselves to protecting our way of life so we all have a future.

“There is so much more in the world than myself" Batista said. “It feels good to be making a difference and standing up for what I believe in.”

Gotta Love What You Do

Batista says her favorite part of working in the Navy is the people she serves with. She also loves the routine.

Thank You

On behalf of Townsquare Media Killeen-Temple, I want to thank Petty Officer 2nd Class Destinee Batista for her service, along with all the men and women of the armed services.

Never doubt that those of us back home love and appreciate you, and that you will forever have our gratitude.

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