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NJ native participates in naval exercises in the Arctic Ocean

It looks like a really cool job! A Montgomery, New Jersey native serves with the Strike Group Oceanography Team supporting Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022 in the Arctic Ocean. Talk about discovering the world.

ICEX 2022 is a three-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic region.

Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Tien joined the Navy seven years ago to take advantage of opportunities in the military.

“I joined the Navy to meet people and learn things that I would never encounter back home,” Tien said.

Tien graduated from Montgomery High School in 2003 and graduated from Rutgers in 2008; he says where he grew up helped him in the navy, “Growing up in my hometown, I went to several schools and had different jobs where I learned the importance of working with people different,” Tien said. “The ability to build relationships and get along with others helped me immensely in the Navy.”

Tien serves as an airbrush companion.

“My favorite thing about being an airbrush buddy is getting out to sea and getting to know the weather up close,” Tien said.

During the exercise, personnel will conduct research and operations in the Arctic region. A temporary ice camp named Ice Camp Queenfish is being established. It includes shelters, a command center and infrastructure to safely house and support more than 60 people at a time.

Tien derives great satisfaction from his military service. “My greatest pride in the Navy is working with my junior sailors and watching them gain experience and skills to help others,” Tien said.

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