Woodbridge Native Keeps Navy Wing Flying

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Airman Apprentice Marcos Walton

A 2012 Gar-Field High School graduate and Woodbridge native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This is home to the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

Airman Apprentice Marcos Walton is a Navy aviation ordnanceman serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11). A Navy aviation ordnanceman is responsible for making sure the ordnance inventory is up to date.

“My favorite part of my job is flying with the aircraft,” said Walton.

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.

Navy Patrol Squadrons

According to Navy officials, there are more than 15 Navy patrol squadrons in the U.S. Eight of those squadrons belong to Wing Eleven, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.

A Proud Sailor

Though there are many ways for a sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Walton is most proud of having his family attend the basic training graduation ceremony at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.

“I’m still early in my career, but that was a big step for me,” Walton said.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Walton 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.

“Serving at this command, I’ve noticed everyone is so friendly and looks out for one another,” said Walton. “Serving in the Navy makes me feel proud.”

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