Following family tradition and looking to gain work experience, Personnelman First Class Catherine L. Clapp joined the Navy right out of high school, serving from 1979 to 1999. Her father also served in the Navy, as well as three of her four siblings.

Throughout her 20-year career, PN1 Clapp served in New Orleans, LA; London, England; Arlington, VA; San Diego, CA; Pensacola, FL; and Naples, Italy. She held numerous positions, including: Education Services Officer/Enlisted Classifier with Personnel Support Detachment; NATO Coordinator with Bureau of Naval Personnel; Assistant Classified Documents Officer with Submarine Development Group 1, Det B; and Operation Deep Freeze Coordinator and Enlisted Placement Officer for Physical Security with Bureau of Naval Personnel, just to name a few. During her time on the submarine squadron she was the only woman on the team of 150.

PN1 Clapp received numerous awards and honors, including: Navy Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Navy Unit Commendation (2 awards).

PN1 Clapp retired after serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy. She currently works at NFM Lending as an Appraisal Desk Assistant. She enjoys reading with her book club, volunteering at Concord Point Lighthouse as a volunteer lighthouse keeper and is a “die-hard” walker. She also occasionally works at the Maryland Science Center as an Observatory Assistant, operating the telescope and assisting guests.

PN1 Clapp currently resides in White Marsh, Maryland with her cat, Toby.

PN1 Clapp was nominated by Maria Hinerman, a coworker and the Marketing Manager at NFM Lending.

“I met Cassie when she attended New Hire Orientation,” said Hinerman. “In conversation, Cassie mentioned she was a Veteran and had served in the Navy for 20 years. Although she spoke briefly about her service, I was blown away by all that she had done and the places she had been. Even during this short interaction, it was clear how welcoming and kind she is.”

PN1 Clapp chose the Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.