A local soldier is ready to leave a benchmark military career behind him after one more tour of duty.
Petty Officer 1st Class Philip C. Bartholomew plans on making it 20 years in the Navy before hanging up his uniform. However, despite having a long, productive career with the Navy, it was not the branch of his choice when he enlisted.
''Although he is third generation Navy, Philip was planning to join the Air Force until an injury put a hold on his enlistment date,'' said Linda Bartholomew, Philip's mother. ''A year later, a Navy recruiter called his childhood home hoping to speak to his older brother Jason, and the rest is history.''
Bartholomew has had the opportunity to see the world during his tenure in the Navy.
Originally a 1996 graduate of Levant Christian School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May of 1997. Upon completion of Surface Sonar ''A'' school and Information Technology Assistance Support Service Maintenance Training at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare base in San Diego, Calif., he was stationed aboard the USS Laboon - home ported in Norfolk, Va. After six years of sea duty, Bartholomew was selected for orders to Command Undersea Surveillance in Virginia Beach, Va.; followed by a four-year tour in Yokosuka, Japan, under Commander Naval Forces Japan.
According to his mother, it was a pleasure for Bartholomew to serve in Japan.
''Philip had enjoyed all aspects and experiences of the Navy thus far, particularly starting a family and living in Japan,'' said Mrs. Bartholomew.
Currently, Bartholomew is stationed at Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Newport, R.I. His technical expertise supports Naval systems engineering, Naval in-service support and foreign military sales missions. In 2011, Bartholomew was selected as Naval Underwater Warfare Center Division Newport and NUWC Headquarters Sailor of the Year.
Following his final tour of duty, Bartholomew is interested in pursuing a career as a technology teacher through the Troops to Teachers program. He has earned an associate degree in general studies and is currently working toward a bachelor's degree of computer science from Columbia College of Missouri.
Bartholomew lives with his wife and two children in Portsmouth, R.I.