Pictured above: Airman Marilyn Storino – Picture courtesy of the US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jesse Hawthorne, Navy Office of Community Outreach
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 2012 West Forsyth High School graduate and Statesville, North Carolina, native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, home to the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
Airman Marilyn Storino is a Navy aviation structural mechanic serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11).
A Navy aviation structural mechanic is responsible for maintaining the oxygen systems and the fire control systems.
“Being a plane captain is a fun opportunity, being able to put the aircraft in its spot,” said Storino.
Storino credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Statesville.
“Do your best at all you do and never quit,” said Storino.
The P-8A Poseidon is a multi-mission aircraft that is replacing the legacy P-3C Orion. Those who fly in the P-8A hunt for submarines and surface ships as well as conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The P-8A operates with a smaller crew than the P-3C, and it also delivers an extended global reach, greater payload capacity, and higher operating altitude. It also has an open-systems architecture with significant growth potential.
According to Navy officials, there are more than 15 Navy patrol squadrons in the U.S. and eight of those squadrons belong to Wing Eleven, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. This means that those who serve here are part of the first “Super Wing” in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance history, ready to deploy and defend America and allies around the world.
Wing Eleven recently added the Navy’s newest squadron to its arsenal: Unmanned Patrol Squadron Nineteen (VP-19), flying the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The P-8A and MQ-4C will serve as the future of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, according to Navy officials.
When asked about his plans following his assumption of command ceremony in June, Capt. Craig T. Mattingly, Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 said, “Our focus will be to take care of our most precious assets, the men and women of (Wing Eleven). We will sustain current readiness of our P-8A squadrons and reserve P-3C squadron while incorporating the MQ-4C Triton into the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force.”
Though there are many ways for a sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Storino is most proud of my auxiliary power unit qualification which is being able to solely start up and shutdown the plane.
“The best part about serving here is being independent and having that responsibility,” Storino said.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Storino and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.
“My favorite part of being in this squadron is the people are like family and I like the job that I have,” said Storino.
“Serving in the Navy is all about defending the country and being proud to serve,” said Storino.
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