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Francis Howell High grad learns life lessons in U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class and O’Fallon native Jermaine Martinbrady. [Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy]

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jermaine Martinbrady is learning what it takes to do well in the U.S. Navy.

A graduate of Francis Howell High and native of O’Fallon, Missouri, Martinbrady serves with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, which operates from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

The strike fighter wing ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet. The unit consists of more than 20 squadrons, with jobs that range from those that are highly specialized such as training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines to handling and flying aircraft.

Martinbrady is responsible for loading and downloading weapons for the F-18 aircraft.

“The most important thing that I have learned about serving in the Navy is that showing up on time is imperative,” Martinbrady said. “There are a lot of demanding responsibilities. The Navy has taught me that timeliness and accuracy are both equally important.”

Martinbrady said he enjoys the experience of seeing different places and being able “to do things that most people don’t get an opportunity to do.”

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