Airman Brady Newton, a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, serves aboard a U.S. Navy warship operating out of San Diego, California.
Newton joined the Navy two years ago. Today, Newton serves as an aviation machinist's mate aboard USS Makin Island.
“Serving in the United States Armed Forces was a childhood dream of mine, but dreams are only dreams until you put forth the effort,” said Newton. "I enlisted to serve my country in the best way I knew how."
Newton attended Marion County High School and graduated in 2020.
Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in Lebanon.
“Growing up, my parents taught me to be respectful and to always have a strong work ethic,” said Newton. "Those valuable life lessons have been very important to me and have followed me into the Navy."
These lessons have helped Newton while serving aboard USS Makin Island.
USS Makin Island is an amphibious assault ship. According to Navy officials, these types of warships embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.
Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice.
As a member of the Navy, Newton is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The Navy contributes to national defense by making our presence known on a global stage to keep our adversaries at bay,” said Newton.
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.
Newton and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I am most proud of serving my country in any way I am needed,” said Newton. "This has always been a dream of mine. I couldn't think of any better commitment I could make in my life knowing that I am fulfilling my dream, and keeping my country safe.”
As Newton 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 has provided the opportunity to better myself while defending this beautiful nation and protecting the freedoms our forefathers fought for,” said Newton.
Newton is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.“I'd like to thank my parents, my little brother, and my family,” added Newton. "They have been the reason for me following through with joining and serving. My dad always told me to keep my word, and so I did."