2011 Northmont Grad Now Navy Air Traffic Controller

Photo by Dusty Good
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Watterworth,
Navy Office of Community Outreach

A Dayton, Ohio, native and 2011 Northmont High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Sawyer is an air traffic controller aboard the carrier operating out of the Navy’s largest base.  As an air traffic controller, Sawyer is responsible for landing aircraft safely on deck.   “My favorite part of this command is my job,” said Sawyer. “I really like my job.”

Powerful catapults slingshot the aircraft off the bow of the ship. The planes land aboard the carrier by snagging a steel cable with an arresting hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft.  As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Sawyer learns about life at sea serving in the Navy and the importance of taking personal responsibility while leading others while still using lessons learned from their hometown.  “My hometown taught me the ability to adapt to any environment,” said Sawyer.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Sawyer and other George H.W. Bush sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“The Navy has enhanced my people skills embracing shipboard diversity,” added Sawyer.



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