Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Amanda Rae Moreno

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexis Mountain, a native of Wentzville, Missouri, learned lessons from her hometown that carried over into her military career. 

"My hometown taught me to always challenge yourself," said Mountain. "Never give up. There are going to be times in your career where you want to throw in the towel, but you have to continue to push yourself."