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Locust Native Discusses Joining the Navy & Seeing the World

Jan 02, 2019 06:18PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Jordan Kennedy scores targets during a live-fire weapons qualification course aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) Nov. 12, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Jordan Kennedy, a Locust, North Carolina native, has been aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) for the Navy. 

Kennedy is the first of his family to join the Navy, though initially was considering pursuing college. He's now a Gunner's Mate Seaman, specialized to be a Vertical Launching System Technician. 

The USS Carney, the ship Kennedy is aboard, is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain and on its fifth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. This is in support of regional allies and partners, as well as U.S. national security interests, in Europe and Africa. 

We wanted to know more about Kennedy and his experience in the Navy, so we reached out to him. He took some time to answer a few questions for us. Read on to hear his story. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Did you always know you were going to join the Navy?

Well funny you should ask! No I didn't always plan on joining the Navy in fact I had my eye set on college, Although I didn't necessarily know what I was going to do in college I figured that I would just figure it out along the way. Then the opportunity to join the Navy came up, and I thought it would be a great way to figure out what I'm passionate about while getting real life work experience and seeing the world.

What is your official title?

My rate and rank is Gunner's Mate Seaman. Within the Gunner's Mate rate, I am specialized to be a Vertical Launching System Technician.

Do you have any memorable moments so far?

I'd would say this whole entire experience has been truly eye opening, and there's not a part that stands out more than the next. 

What are your goals for the future?

Well my main focus is just figuring out what I want to do right now. I could stay in as a Gunner's Mate (or possibly cross over to another rate), or I could be a civilian and head to college.

Keep up to date with Kennedy and the USS Carney by following their flickr

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