Thomas Sederback

Serving Family and Country
Thomas Sederback, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Utilitiesman, USNR

“You have your family, you have your civilian job and you have the Reserve side. You’ve got to make the Reserve fit your civilian job and your family. You don’t make the other two fit the Reserve.”
— Thomas Sederback, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Utilitiesman, USNR

For Thomas Sederback, family has always come first. A member of the U.S. Navy Seabees in the 1980s, Thomas was forced to take a humanitarian transfer into the Reserve to have time to care for an ailing relative. But that wouldn’t be the last time the Navy Reserve would benefit Thomas’s family life.

“That’s what we use to pay for the extra stuff,” he says. The pay Thomas earns from his service in the Reserve allows his wife to stay home with their five children and run the family farm in Thomas’s home state of Rhode Island. And, during the recent economic downturn, a mobilization allowed Thomas to continue providing for his family in what otherwise would have been a very difficult situation.