PENSACOLA, Fla. – Airman Recruit Shemer Freckleton, a native of Covington, Georgia, serves the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Pensacola, Florida.
As a student at NATTC, Freckleton is serving among sailors and Marines developing the skills needed to be successful naval aviation warfighters.
Students at NATTC are taught the requirements and skills needed to be successful in their new careers.
Freckleton joined the Navy three month ago.
“My big brother is in the Air Force and he influenced me to join the military,” said Freckleton. “I always wanted to do something cool and serve my country.”
According to Freckleton, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Covington.
“Growing up, I learned how to be patient,” said Freckleton. “Hard work is important in my family and we always try our best to get ahead in life.”
Naval Air Technical Training Center’s mission is to provide world class professional aviation warriors to the Navy fleet supporting combat readiness anywhere on the globe, while taking good care of our people, families and being good neighbors and stewards in the city of Pensacola and the surrounding region.
NATTC’s leaders and experts develop, deliver and leverage technology to optimize performance of our Navy, Marine Corps and foreign national students. We provide the most up-to-date and relevant training available to our sailors and Marines ensuring Naval aviation’s success.
Serving in the Navy means Freckleton is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The Navy is important to national defense because it’s the backbone of our defense system,” said Freckleton. “We protect our seas before our adversary can reach our shores.”
Freckleton and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“My proudest moment in the Navy, so far, has been graduating from boot camp,” said Freckleton. “It was a moment in my life where I had to push myself really hard.”
As Freckleton and other sailors continue to train and perform the mission they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Serving in the Navy to me means that I have the opportunity to better my life all while serving in the world’s best Navy,” added Freckleton.
The Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, Naval Education and Training Command recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.
Story and photo provided by Communications Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel, the Navy Office of Community Outreach.