Raised in Sacramento, Calif., Dressel enlisted in the Navy in 1998. She wanted to see the world and, along the way, receive an education. Dressel’s duty stations include USS Tarawa (LHA-1) San Diego, Calif.; Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Sacramento, Calif.; an Individual Augmentee deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006; EOD Mobile Unit SIX, Charleston, S.C.; and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) 37 Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. She was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome June 2009; in February 2011, she received a bone marrow transplant. Being very active and physically fit prior to her treatment has helped her conditions improve, but she still is in the recovery process from her transplant. She continues her battle, but, with her determination, she hopes to fully recover and get back to the lifestyle she continues to strive every day but stronger and healthier.

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Ching Dressel

Chief Navy Career Counselor

Age: 33

Current Command/Position: Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Current Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Disability: Myelodysplastic Syndrome, diagnosed June 2009