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Today in Pacific Spotlight, Stripes talks with Petty Officer First Class Latricia Robinson, administrative officer at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan:

What, exactly, does an administrative officer do?

My daily job consists of leading 12 military and three Master Labor Contract employees in the day-to-day operations of the base administrative office. I am responsible for the timely submission of instructions, evaluations/fitness reports, awards and all other administrative requirements to the executive and commanding officers.

If someone asked your children what their mother does at work, what would they answer?

“She works for the CO of the base.”

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you?

The incomparable Halle Berry.

You played a key role in administering the recent wear test of the new Navy uniforms being considered. How did that come about?

When I volunteered to take part in the Uniform Wear Test, I literally had no idea what I was in for.

What were you in for?

We initially were asked to come up with 60 volunteers to participate (only 54 were selected). … After we solicited volunteers, everyone wanted to know what they were getting themselves into.

What were they getting themselves into?

Blue/gray camouflage and blue/gray digital. Each individual was given four sets of uniforms, four covers, socks, two pairs of boots (no-polish, smooth), T-shirts, mock turtlenecks and a parka. We were given instructions on how to care for the uniforms as well.

What did that involve?

One of the ideas of the new uniform was that there would be less maintenance. There could be no ironing (unless necessary); we were supposed to wash, dry and either hang or fold the uniforms. We were not to get them dry-cleaned or use any spray starch.

And what was your role?

Assist with the initial receipt of the uniforms, issue site preparations, issuance and tailoring for over 24 Navy Working Uniforms to all 54 volunteers. … I conducted 15 briefings encompassing over 500 American and Japanese sailors, briefings for three bases including one in Misawa, and provided a “fashion show” on the base information channel.

In addition to all your work for the Navy, you also have a family …

I am married to a wonderful man, Howard E. Robinson, who is also in the Navy. I have two wonderful children: Jamaal T. Perkins, 13, and Howard E. Robinson, 7. I am originally from East St. Louis, Ill., and have two brothers. One is a lieutenant in the Navy, stationed at Naval Hospital Great Lakes. The other is completing his degree as a physician’s assistant.

With such work and family responsibilities, if you suddenly were given an extra 12 hours a week personal time, how would you spend it?

Lounging around the house and reading a good book.

What’s been the single biggest challenge of raising kids in the military?

Not being able to spend as much time with them as I would like to and knowing that when it’s time for me to deploy I will definitely miss a part of their lives.

The greatest reward?

Giving my children the opportunity to live abroad, and the DODDS school system is really good.

Latricia Robinson

Rank: Petty officer 1st class

Title: Administrative officer, Naval Air Facility Atsugi Administrative Office

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