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Joseph Callahan

Joseph Callahan

— A Sunnyside High School graduate and Yakima native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Callahan works as an aviation maintenance administrator and operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.

Callahan is responsible for logging records pertaining to the deployment of the F/A-18 and sustainability.

“I like the ability to travel and the diverse workforce that we have here,” Callahan said.

“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker said.

The strike fighter wing, headquartered at Lemoore, ensures each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.

“I am new to this command, but I have noticed that the commanding officer always makes himself available and we are not divided within this command,” Callahan said.

With the fighter wing consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.

“The most important thing I have learned in the Navy is that there is no room for error, and even the smallest discrepancies can be life changing,” Callahan said.


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