Tallmadge native’s search for adventure leads to Navy

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Tallmadge native’s search for adventure leads to Navy

Four years ago, Petty Officer 3rd Class Madison Stock joined the Navy because she was looking for other adventures outside her hometown of Tallmadge. Today, Stock is serving aboard USS Boxer, stationed in San Diego.

Stock, who graduated from Tallmadge High School in 2014, is a fire controlman responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the missile systems on the ship.

"I appreciate the opportunities to expand my future based on the skills I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had," said Stock.

According to Stock, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Tallmadge.

"Perseverance and hard work will get you everything you need," said Stock.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Boxer is an amphibious assault ship that has recently returned from a Western Pacific-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf deployment. It is the sixth ship to carry the name Boxer.

Amphibious assault ships

are used to transfer Marines, equipment and supplies and can support helicopters or other aircraft. They also are capable of accessing 75% of the world’s beaches.

According to Admiral Mike Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, the focus of today’s Navy is squarely on warfighting, warfighters and the capabilities needed for the Navy of the future.

"I am confident we will maximize the Navy we have today while delivering the Navy that our nation will rely upon tomorrow," said Gilday. "And we will do so with urgency. Our fleet will be a potent, formidable force that competes around the world every day, deterring those who would challenge us while reassuring our allies and partners."

There are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers. Stock is most proud of completing a deployment.

"We went to the Middle East and visited ports in Thailand, Guam, Okinawa, Jordan, Bahrain and Hawaii," said Stock.

For Stock, serving in the Navy is a tradition passed down from generations and one Stock hopes to continue.

"My great grandpa and my grandpa were both in the Navy," said Stock. "I also have an uncle who was in the Army. It makes my family proud

knowing that I’m carrying on a family tradition of military service."

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Stock, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

"The Navy gives me a sense of purpose and will provide skills and experiences that will help me in the future," said Stock.

Madison Stock, a a 2014 Tallmadge High School graduate, is serving aboard USS Boxer, stationed in San Diego. Stock is a fire controlman responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the missile systems on the ship.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Miller

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