Beaumont, Port Arthur natives serve aboard USS Truman

Beaumont, Port Arthur natives serve aboard USS Truman

NORFOLK, Va. – A 2010 West Brook High School graduate and Beaumont native is serving alongside a 2003 graduate of Port Arthur High School on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Seaman Nicholas Bryant is a culinary specialist aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

As a 23 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Bryant said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. He added that he is learning what he needs to be successful in and out of the Navy. “I want to gain as strong as I can and create the best résumé I can through free schooling and opportunities,” said Bryant. “I want to set myself up for the future.”

He also said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the Truman’s 5,500-member crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans. “The purpose of the carrier is a projection of power,” Bryant explained. “It is one of the strongest weapons in the Navy. It’s like being on a floating city. You could do your job and not even know a mission has been carried out but your job helped make that mission possible.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Harry S. Truman. Approximately 3,000 men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.

Another of those thousands of men onboard the Truman is Petty Officer 1st Class Salathion Monroe, an electrician’s mate from Port Arthur and 2003 graduate of Port Arthur High School.

 “I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard Truman each day,” said Capt. S. Robert Roth, the carrier’s commanding officer. “Our team is filled with highly qualified young adults – in many cases, 19 and 20 years old – and they’re out here running a complex propulsion system safely, serving as air traffic controllers, operating sophisticated electronics, launching and recovering aircraft when we’re underway, and keeping this floating city alive and functioning. I can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this team. They performed at the highest level, day in and day out during our recent 9-month combat deployment and are continuing to do so here at home. Their professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence are second to none.”

Tens of thousands of young American men and women are deployed around the world in the U.S. Navy, and they are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.