Richland native uses hometown values in role as a U.S. Navy innovator

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RICHLAND, Wash. — The lessons you learn growing up in the Tri-Cities can apply to roles around the world. While we already know of the vast engineering success stories out of this community, one Richland native is applying the values he learned in his hometown to a crucial role in the U.S. Navy.

Rama Rudolph, a second-class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, is one of the proud ‘Seabees’ of the U.S. Navy’s Construction Force. Given that nickname 80 years ago as a play on the “Navy Construction Battalions,” the Seabees support humanitarian efforts, build bases and airfields, and work on construction projects underwater.

This is strenuous work that only a select group of people are cut out for. That prestigious group includes Rudolph, who says that his Tri-Cities background helped shape the work ethic that empowers him within his role today.

“I learned in my hometown that ‘if you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late and if you’re late, you’re fired,'” Rudolph said. “I also learned that hard work pays off and life is a journey. If you’re on time, you are ready for most things and can plan for whatever the event is.”

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A 2015 graduate of Tri-Cities Prep, Rudolph is now an equipment operator based out of Gulfport, Mississippi. He hangs his hat on the status he earned through countless hours of work in pursuit of his objectives within the U.S. Navy.

“I am most proud of my rank and warfare qualifications,” Rudolph said. “I put in lots of hard work and personal time into those and it paid off.”

He also credited his mother for helping him to unlock the best version of himself and empowering him to reach for his dreams. Her guidance was crucial to Rudolph ultimately fulfilling his goals.

“Serving in the Navy means showing up to work everyday and putting in the maximum amount of energy into everything I do to be a better man than I was yesterday.”

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