The Navy's Hometown News organization visited TACAMO and interviewed literally hundreds of TACAMO folks. CDR Britt Windeler, XO VQ-3 was a little disheartened when the first three Sailors stories hit the local news received some negative comments on their respective news sites, likely from trolls or people who don't understand the TACAMO mission- hence CDR Britt Windeler is reaching out to the TCVA community to put some positive comments on the news sites to offset the negativity.
TACAMOites any positive comments you'd like to post on hometown news release articles for our TACAMO Sailors is appreciate. Here are a few, more to come:
Rockingham native, Petty Officer 2nd Class Caleb Price is currently stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, and credits his two older brothers with his decision to join the military.
Cere Native, Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Jones is a Navy equipment operator. "I learned to never quit anything you commit to," said Jones. "My grandpa was in the Army for six years in the Airborne during Vietnam and I'm proud to serve in the Navy now." Full story: Ceres Native Supports Nuclear Deterrence From Heartland - Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Jones
Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lusher, a Marshfield native, decided to join the service to show his teachers and community that he had the fortitude it required. “I joined the Navy to prove to everyone that I could get through it, and I did,” said Lusher. “Here I am 12 years later and I'm still as proud as ever that I'm a part of this elite community.”
Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Jernigan grew up in Stanwood and credits his hometown and state experiences for his decision to join the service. “I worked as a wildland firefighter in the Colville National Forest. That job instilled a great work ethic in me and fostered my desire to serve,” said Jernigan. “As I grew older, I knew I wanted those qualities in a job, as well as the opportunity to travel the world. The Navy has been a perfect fit.”
A 2011 Summersville High School graduate
and Summersville, Missouri native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing ONE. Petty Officer 3rd Class Shane
Sapaugh credits family for influencing his decision to join the service. “I grew up in a military family and I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps and serve as well,” said Sapaugh.
A 2007 Roslyn High School graduate and Roslyn, New York native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing ONE. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ethan
Marr credits his hometown experience for his success in the Navy. “Growing up in a competitive, fast-paced part of the country allowed me to progress quickly up the ranks, making petty officer 2nd class in just 18 months,” said Marr.
A 2006 Steinert High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing ONE. Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert O’Dwyer credits a high school teacher for influencing his decision to join the service. “My automotive teacher, David Nash, during high school kept us motivated and made working on engines fun,” said O’Dwyer. “He was the best mentor I’ve ever had and he certainly influenced my decision to be a mechanic.”