Make a wish: Navy honors teenager as 'Sailor for a Day'

Through the Make-A-Wish program, servicemembers stationed Joint Base Guam had the opportunity to make one teen very happy

By Rachel Engel

For 15-year-old Robert Blas, playing “Call of Duty,” his favorite PlayStation game, was the closest he was going to get to the military.

Or so he thought.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Guam, Blas was able to see one of his dreams become a reality, when he was an honorary enlistee into the U.S. Navy and dubbed a “Sailor for a Day,” by base officials at U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG).

(U.S. Navy photo by Theresa Merto Cepeda/Released)

Blas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and diabetes insipidus when he was born, and only learned to walk a few years ago. Through the Make-A-Wish partnership and the "Sailor for a Day" program

As an honorary sailor, Blas was issued a uniform, taken on a tour of the base and given a ride on a U.S. Coast Guard small boat.

(U.S. Navy photo by Theresa Merto Cepeda/Released)

And, of course, a military installation tour wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the bowling alley for a quick game and some grub.

After a full day, during which Blas was integrated with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five and Naval Special Warfare Unit One, he received a performance report, End of Tour Award and a command coin.

(U.S. Navy photo by Theresa Merto Cepeda/Released)

"USCG Sector Guam was truly honored to be a part of Robert's wish," said Capt. James Pruett, Coast Guard Sector Guam commander. "Robert saved the day on board the 45' Rescue Boat out in Apra Harbor. He is an inspiration to the crew and Coast Guard and we hope this experience was as rewarding for him as it was for us."