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Stafford native serves aboard U-S Navy Guided-Missile Destroyer in Pearl Harbor

From The U-S Navy:

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – A 2017 Mountain View High School graduate and Stafford, Virginia, native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Halsey.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Finley

Seaman Michael Meade works aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Meade credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Stafford.

“My hometown taught me the value of hard work and to never give up until I achieve my goals,” said Meade.

Halsey measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve more than 30 mph in open seas.

Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from maintaining engines and handling weaponry to washing dishes and preparing meals.

In his role, Meade is responsible for working in the deck division to ensure the hull of the ship is in prime condition and ready for sea.

“I also assist in the handling of refueling and resupplying the ship at sea,” said Meade.

According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required war-fighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.

Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means Meade is serving in a part of the world taking on a new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances, and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Meade, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Meade is honored to carry on that family tradition.

“My grandfather and uncle both served in the Army,” said Meade, “Hearing their stories and experiences motivated me to serve.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Meade is most proud of graduating boot camp and making his parents proud.

“I’m proud of being told that I’ve become one of the top junior sailors in my division,” said Meade.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Meade and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy means I get to see the world and experience all the things I’ve wanted to do,” added Meade

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