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Financial professional finds passion to serve through career at NSWC Crane

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications | Oct. 9, 2019

CRANE, Ind. – Adriana Romero, a Business Analyst at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), began her career as a public servant for the State of New Mexico. During those first five years, Romero’s passion for service took root.

Romero moved to Indiana, where she worked as a financial professional at an academic institution for more than eleven years. She then took advantage of an opportunity.

“I always had a desire to get back into public service since I worked for the State of New Mexico,” says Romero. “Working there provided me a solid foundation. Last year, Crane had its first-ever career fair. I attended and was later hired. My experience as a Crane employee has been awesome. It was the best decision.”

Romero works in the Business Financial Management Division. Employees in this division are embedded within the technical divisions to serve their needs. Romero works alongside the subject matter experts within the Expeditionary Electronic Warfare Systems Division. Romero says the work at Crane is challenging, but she loves learning and the mission.

“I’ve been here a short amount of time, but already my experience at Crane has exceeded my expectations,” says Romero. “I was hoping for growth and to be challenged, and that’s been the case. In order to do financials for Crane, I have to be an expert. In order to succeed, I have to be willing to take the extra steps, ask why, and make the effort to continuously learn and solve problems.”

Romero says it is important for a team to work together and be mission-driven to solve some of the toughest challenges facing the warfighter.

“This isn’t just a job,” says Romero, “it’s about the lives and families we are affecting. My teammates have integrity and understand the sacrifices made by warfighters. It’s important to take pride in what you do, no matter how big or small the task. Our collective attitude is to do what’s right even when no one is watching.”

Romero’s life experiences have taught her to find passion about being on a team of public servants where integrity is valued.

“I am a survivor of child abuse and abandonment and have been empowered through healing,” says Romero. “My greatest passion is for truth, justice, and standing for what is right no matter the cause…even if that means you are standing there alone. At Crane, servicemen and women are relying on you to have integrity so they can come home.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.