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Navy officer from Huntington Beach supports 59th Presidential Inauguration

U.S. Navy Lt. Joey Seymour, a native of Huntington Beach. Courtesy photo.
U.S. Navy Lt. Joey Seymour, a native of Huntington Beach. Courtesy photo.
U.S. Navy Lt. Joey Seymour, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is one of more than 800 service members assigned to Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

JTF-NCR is a joint service command charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. As a joint command, JTF-NCR includes members from all branches of the United States armed forces operating under the auspices of Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region.

Seymour has six years of military service and currently serves as the JTF-NCR public affairs liaison officer to the National Joint Information Center.

“Anytime a service member is asked to work an inauguration it’s historic and an honor, but I think this particular one is even more so,” he said. “There’s a lot of sub-plots and a lot of other elements, especially because it’s occurring during the pandemic. Being part of this team, for what is going to be an historic day, is incredible. The world will be watching this inauguration and to have my tiny part in it is … very exciting.”

He graduated from Edison High School in 1998 and continued his education at Chapman University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting and film studies in 2002. In 2009, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in history at the University of San Diego, and is currently working on a master’s degree in public leadership at the University of San Francisco.

Seymour’s journey to a military career was a long and eventful voyage. He first gained interest in attending the U.S. Naval Academy after a high school trip with Edison’s Model United Nations Team. The extracurricular activity enabled students to learn about and participate as simulated delegates to United Nations committees.

“After the conference at the Naval Academy, in which I won the committee’s gavel, I wanted to go back,” he said. “I fell in love with the campus and the idea of serving. That gavel is still one of my most treasured possessions.”

He applied for admission to the academy, but unfortunately wasn’t selected. However, his desire to serve remained. Thirteen years later, he learned that the possibility of joining the Navy was still intact.

“While studying at the University of San Diego, the executive officer of USS San Diego (LPD-22) was a classmate,” he explained. “The ship was to be commissioned soon and he asked if I would serve on the commissioning committee. They needed someone to build the website and create social media content to help to promote the event.

“After that experience, I learned about the Direct [Commission] Officer Program, and I thought it was time to try again,” he added.

Seymour submitted his first admittance package and quickly found out how competitive the program was, but he was determined to keep applying until he was selected.

“It took five boards to be selected, which equaled three years of waiting,” he said. “Yet, once I was chosen, I hit the ground running. I wanted to prove myself as a reliable and hard-working officer, leader and shipmate.”

Seymour’s hard work has taken him all over the globe during his six years of service. His assignments included serving aboard the USS America (LHA-6); and as a public affairs officer for the commissioning of USS Detroit (LCS-7). He also conducted media training at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and during a NATO exercise in Belgium, for senior officers from all branches.

Recently, he helped coordinate the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration Ceremony in Hawaii. The celebration was originally intended for 3,000 attendees, yet only 30 persons were permitted to attend due to the COVID pandemic. He worked with his team to stream the event, which actually broadened overall viewership.

“The Navy has given me a number of amazing assignments,” he said. “It’s an honor to go where I am asked and to be a part of each team I get the pleasure of working with to tell our Sailors’ stories. That’s the real joy of my job, helping to share the stories of my fellow shipmates and all the incredible things they do.”

This, of course, has pulled him from his friends and family. His father, a fan of Navy history, and an Edison High School alumnus, is proud of all of his son’s achievements.

“Unfortunately he wasn’t able to serve himself, but he is very passionate about my career,” Seymour said. “Every achievement I have in the Navy, he’s always the first one to post about it or share photos on social media.”

Seymour carries on his father’s pride through his own son. To him, his family is the biggest priority in his life.

“Being a dad is the greatest joy in my life,” he said. “Both my son Caleb and my husband David sacrifice a lot for me to serve. Military spouses and children have the more difficult job.”

“While I’ve had some successes in my civilian career as well … the thing I am most proud of is being Caleb’s dad,” he added.

This article was released by the Navy Office Of Community Outreach.

The title of the article is not a typo, for which an explanation may be in order as Mr. Biden’s is officially the 46th President. Each President, whether newly elected or re-elected, is inaugurated by taking the oath of office — with or without pomp.

2 Comments

    1. Dave,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Mr. Biden was sworn in (inaugurated) as the 46th President of the United States, but there have been more inaugurations than Presidents. If a President is re-elected, he is sworn in again to begin his second term.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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