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Tamesha Marlin serves with U.S. Navy Fleet Logistics Support Squadron
Tamesha Marlin
Tamesha Marlin is a class of 2017 graduate from Newton High School. She joined the Navy four years ago and is serving with Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 51, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. - photo by Special Photo

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii – Petty Officer 2nd Class Tamesha Marlin, a native of Covington, Georgia, serves with Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 51, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Marlin, a 2017 graduate of Newton High School, joined the Navy four years ago.

“I joined the Navy to see the world and experience different cultures,” said Marlin.

Today, Marlin relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Covington to succeed in the military.

“Growing up I learned consistency is key and you will succeed,” said Marlin.

These lessons have helped Marlin while serving in the Navy.

VR-51, nicknamed “Windjammers,” is responsible for maintaining and operating C-40A Clipper aircraft and moving and supplying maritime combat forces worldwide. VR-51 personnel also deploy to three overseas duty stations on rotational schedules throughout the year.

C-40A Clipper aircraft is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport and operates at speeds in excess of 500 mph and altitudes up to 41,000 feet and is capable of carrying seven crewmembers, 121 passengers, 30,000 pounds of cargo or various combined passenger/cargo loads. It provides critical logistics support to the United States Navy.

This year commemorates 50 years of women flying in the U.S. Navy. In 1973, the first eight women began flight school in Pensacola; one year later six of them, known as “The First Six,” earned their “Wings of Gold.” Over the past 50 years, the Navy has expanded its roles for women to lead and serve globally and today our women aviators project power from the sea in every type of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aircraft. Our Nation and our Navy is stronger because of their service.

With 90 percent of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.

“Our mission remains timeless - to provide our fellow citizens with nothing less than the very best Navy: fully combat ready at all times, focused on warfighting excellence, and committed to superior leadership at every single level,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “This is our calling. And I cannot imagine a calling more worthy.”

Serving in the Navy means Marlin is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on strengthening alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capacities and maintaining military readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy is important to national defense because we protect air, land and sea,” said Marlin. “We actually have more aircraft than the Air Force.”

Marlin and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“My proudest accomplishment in the Navy is making the rank of petty officer 2nd class in under four years,” said Marlin.

As Marlin and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means you must be disciplined and selfless,” said Marlin.

Marlin is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank my family and my mentors for their continued support of my Navy career,” said Marlin.