U.S. Navy Senior Chief Roshun Constant has a certain tangible electricity about her. She speaks in staccato bursts. When a subject she’s passionate about comes up, her eyes flash. The conversation ranges from introspection on the journey so far to highly present observations on how it feels to be an ambassador for the Navy.
Constant, who serves as Directorate Leading Chief Petty Officer for Directorate of Branch Clinics at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, is slated to sing the national anthem at this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship game in Charlotte on March 16.
Constant recalls singing since around the age of 3.
“My mom and dad and siblings were always singing around the house. Then I started singing in the church and, really, everywhere,” Constant said.
This won’t be Constant’s first foray into a high profile sporting arena. In November, she sang at a Carolina Panthers NFL game in Charlotte. The Panthers won handily, 42-28, over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“They [the fans] told me I had to come back to every home game,” Constant said.
Constant understands that her role as a representative of the Navy is an important one. However, she does not let it begin or end with public performances such as these.
“Being in the military, we are ambassadors wherever we go. With the Panthers, the game was a salute to service game, so it was a privilege to not just represent the Navy as an institution but all of the junior sailors and senior sailors that are a part of it,” Constant said.
For Constant, the audience doesn’t really play a factor when she sings.
“I don’t care if it’s an audience of one or 100 or 10,000. I’m going to be myself,” Constant said. “My level of humility doesn’t change, but it still feels good to represent.”
The singing does keep Constant busy. In addition to five dates lined up to sing this season with the Down East Wood Ducks, Kinston’s minor league baseball franchise, Constant has also been a staple of various community events.
“I always do the Mission BBQ Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day ceremony,” Constant said. “I’ve also sang at the USO and … I do a lot of retirement ceremonies. I also sang at the Wounded Warriors Games.”
Constant has spent the past five years assisting with prison ministry in Pender County and also serves as worship leader at New Life Family Worship Center. With her retirement around the corner in May, Constant looked back on her 24 years of service in regards to her representation of the Navy professionally and personally.
“It’s bittersweet, but it’s a nice way to wrap it up,” Constant said.