I am a Lakewood native, and I graduated from Green Mountain High School in 2011. I decided to join the Navy, because I wanted to be around like-minded people with integrity. I really like the …
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I am a Lakewood native, and I graduated from Green Mountain High School in 2011. I decided to join the Navy, because I wanted to be around like-minded people with integrity. I really like the shipmate mentality. Everybody watches out for each other and helps each other out.
Life at sea
I am currently serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The carrier serves as a floating airport at sea. I work as an electronics technician, and it’s my job to operate the nuclear reactor that gives energy for the ship. I am also responsible for maintaining reactor safety, and I’m a secretary for the chief’s mess. I handle administration and training.
Our ship has around 3,200 men and women who are part of our crew on the ship. The USS John C. Stennis is enormous. It is as long as three football fields, weighs over 100,000 tons and it has the capacity to carry over 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft. These aircraft take off and land on our ship at sea.
Lessons learned from Lakewood and the Navy
Living in Lakewood and being part of the Navy has given me lessons to take personal responsibility when I have to complete certain tasks, or lead others.
Things get put into perspective for me when I go up on the flight deck and see the amount of water that I’m surrounded by. When I was growing up in Lakewood, I never really saw water.
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