Family tradition: Clay High’s Johnson continues Naval legacy

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SAN DIEGO – Petty Officer 2nd Class Davonte Johnson joined the Navy because he had a lot of family members who had previously served in the military. Now, 12 years later, Johnson serves with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3, working with one of the Navy’s most advanced helicopters at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.

Johnson is a logistics specialist who is responsible for providing supplies for the squadron and purchasing services required.

“I like getting people what they need to do their jobs,” said Johnson.

Johnson is a 2004 Clay High School graduate. According to Johnson, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Northeast Florida.

“Jacksonville is a Navy town, so I learned to adapt to life in the U.S. after living overseas most of my life,” said Johnson.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Pilots and aircrew are trained in the squadron to fly MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopters to ensure they are prepared for peacetime and warfighting missions.

Helicopters are equipped with the ability to conduct replenishments at sea, search and rescue missions and support other operations as needed.

According to Admiral Mike Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, the focus of today’s Navy is squarely on warfighting, warfighters and the capabilities needed for the Navy of the future.

“I am confident we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow,” said Gilday. “And we will do so with urgency. Our fleet will be a potent, formidable force that competes around the world every day, deterring those who would challenge us while reassuring our allies and partners.”

There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers. Johnson is most proud of earning the promotion to his current rank.

“I have to do my job to the best of my ability, knowing that if I do my best, we will complete the mission,” said Johnson. "I'm also proud of being qualified as a master helmsman aboard USS Momsen."

For Johnson, serving in the Navy is a tradition passed down from generations and one Johnson hopes to continue.

“My father and grandfather retired from the Navy, my uncle was in the Army and my aunt was in the Air Force,” said Johnson. “I feel like I'm carrying on a legacy of military tradition.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Johnson, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

“The military offers the opportunity to travel while providing stability and a good quality of life for my family,” said Johnson.

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