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In The Spotlight

17 October 2022

From Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kegan E. Kay, Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs Office

Hearing the title “Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft Handler)” probably doesn’t bring to mind a firefighter unless you’ve been in the Navy a while or worked on a U.S. Naval base but that is exactly what ABH2 Francisco Perezguillen is.As a member of the Naval Air Station Sigonella Fire and Emergency Services department, Perezguillen is responsible
Hearing the title “Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft Handler)” probably doesn’t bring to mind a firefighter unless you’ve been in the Navy a while or worked on a U.S. Naval base but that is exactly what ABH2 Francisco Perezguillen is.

As a member of the Naval Air Station Sigonella Fire and Emergency Services department, Perezguillen is responsible for conducting operational checks and inventory of all the emergency vehicles. He is also in charge of the Air Sampling Program, which ensures the breathing air for the self-contained breathing apparatus packs are safe and ready for use at all times.

“ABH2 Perezguillen has always been an outstanding Sailor within the fire department,” remarked ABH1 Mark Digman, Perezguillen’s supervisor. “He always gives a helping hand towards his shipmates and training junior Sailors and reservists to be knowledgeable in all fire-fighting efforts.”
Perezguillen enjoys the hands-on and practicality that comes with working as a firefighter and helping others is just a part of what he loves about his job.

Inspired by a quote from Albert Einstein, “If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself,” Perezguillen models his training to reflect the heart of the quote.

“I’ve always loved training,” explained Perezguillen. “Watching others grow and finding their strengths is one of the most fulfilling things I can do.”

Originally born in Mexico City before growing up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, Perezguillen joined the U.S. Navy in October 2014 for the opportunity to experience more than his hometown had to offer.
Having served for eight years, Perezguillen says serving means sacrificing your time, energy and even sometimes your own needs for a larger purpose.

Perezguillen’s life is not all about sacrifice though and having spent the past 32 months stationed in Sicily, Perezguillen truly appreciates the experience.

“I love the people,” explained Perezguillen. “Learning the culture and language in Sicily has allowed me to make genuine connections with the people around me for which I’m really grateful for.”

Perezguillen does not live life idly, even when not at work. He is working towards a degree and in his spare time, he indulges in his passion.

“I play a lot of music,” stated Perezguillen. “I spend most of my time either playing my guitar or piano. Right now I’m practicing Asturias by Isaac Labeniz.”

Working 48-hour shifts, the precious time between shifts is not always easy to come by but Perezguillen makes it work. He says working those shifts has turned him and his co-workers into family.

“He is an incredible professional that has gained respect up and down the chain of command,” concluded Digman.
 
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