Ladarius Myers of Houston: Aboard the USS John C. Stennis

Sep 12, 2014 by

 

An Interview with Ladarius Myers of Houston: Aboard the USS John C. Stennis

Michael F. Shaughnessy

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1) Sir, first of all, let me thank you for your service and commitment to our country. That being said,   tell us a bit about your education and experience.

Thank you sir, I graduated Burkeville High School in 2010 and joined the Navy in 2012.

2) Now, what would you say you do on board the USS John C. Stennis?

I help launch and recover aircraft. Currently I am working on the arresting gears, which is what the ship uses to land aircraft.

3) How many people are on the USS John C. Stennis, and while we are at it, please enlighten me- Who is or was John C. Stennis?

Normally, the ship has an attached crew of close to 3000 people but when the air wing joins us we will have around 4800 Sailors onboard. John C Stennis was a US Senator from the state of Mississippi.

4) What is a typical day like for you?

My day is filled with all sorts of tasks which include being in charge of a small crew of my coworkers, completing maintenance on equipment and improving the condition of the spaces we own on the ship.

5) How much of the world have you actually seen?

I have visited Malaysia, Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, and Singapore.

6) There is a lot of talk about cross training- how much training do you actually get

There is not much time to cross train in port. The majority of the training on the equipment is done out to sea. My division works on both the arresting gears and catapults so we learn about both, but while we are in port we get a lot of damage control and medical response training.

7) If you were to speak to some high school kids- what would you tell them about their education and their opportunities in the Navy?

The Navy is a great starting block in life. You get free college and the opportunities are endless.

8) What have I neglected to ask?

Why I joined the Navy was a question I was expecting. The reason for that was that I was raised in the small town of Jasper Texas.

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