Navy Utilitiesman 1st Class Jennifer Neal, a 1999 Moberly high School graduate, has earned her advanced interpretive historian qualification aboard the USS Constitution. It’s the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

Duty aboard the Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crewmembers must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment.

The advanced interpretive historian qualification means that a Sailor has studied and trained beyond the basic history of USS Constitution and has learned about all aspects of the ship’s unique design, ship life during the age of sail and the ship’s major historic battles. Neal has served in the Navy for 17 years, and was our guest on the Newsmaker program on KWIX and KRES.

Sailors stationed aboard provide free tours to more than 600 thousand visitors each year, while promoting the Navy’s history and supporting public education on the importance of naval power.