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South Rowan High School Graduate is Serving as a Navy Aviation Electrician’s Mate

Oct 26, 2018 05:03PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

George Drexel. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana.

South Rowan High School graduate George Drexel is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, which is the newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. He is also a China Grove, NC native and graduated in 2012.

Drexel, Petty Officer 3rd Class, is a Navy aviation electrician’s mate on Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11). A Navy aviation electrician’s mate assists in the wiring and lighting on each aircraft, as well as troubleshooting aircraft systems.

“The best part about serving with this command is being able to protect our coasts by finding threats in the ocean,” said Drexel in a press release

Before joining the Navy, Drexel always had a passion and curiosity for electrical work, crediting his hometown China Grove for many of the lessons he learned. “I did electrical work before the Navy and wanted to do that type of job in the Navy,” said Drexel.

Drexel noted that he wanted to better himself, which is why he moved out of his hometown to pursue his career goals in the Navy. “I got out of my hometown to better myself and move on to try different things and accept change,” said Drexel.

According to the press release, "The P-8A Poseidon is a multi-mission aircraft that is replacing the legacy P-3C Orion. Those who fly in the P-8A hunt for submarines and surface ships as well as conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions."

Drexel's work within the Navy has helped him grow, and he's most proud of what he's done to improve his and his family's life. 

“To me, serving in the Navy means family tradition and having pride to serve my country,” said Drexel.

Thank you for your service! 

Information courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jesse Hawthorne, Navy Office of Community Outreach at

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