Like her father and eldest brother before her, Andrea Beach knew she wanted to enlist in the military. Andrea joined the US Navy, in part because it offered her the opportunity to see a world beyond her childhood small town. She was able to do that through her work in Machine Repair while stationed aboard USS Ajax (AR – 6), a Vulcan-class repair ship. Some of her fondest memories come from her time aboard ship.
As a civilian, Andrea provides off-road safety training for Marines in her region as chief instructor for dirt bikes, ATVs, and side-by-side vehicles. She also teaches at the Honda Rider Education Center and runs her own off-road riding and driving school.
Through this expedition, Andrea hopes to meet others who can relate to the experiences she had while in the military, and hopefully to gain some long-term friendships as well. She hopes to prove to herself that she can do anything she wants when she puts her heart into it.