Newington native serving in Navy in Guam

Published on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:15
Written by Lt. Cmdr. Marie Tillery

Navy Office of Community Outreach

SANTA RITA, Guam - A 2011 Newington High School graduate and Newington native is serving with the U.S. Navy in Naval Base Guam.

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Alysha Parson is a reservist.

“My job challenges me every day and allows me to maintain a security clearance,” Parson said.

Parson credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Newington.

“I was motivated by the opportunities to travel that the Navy offers,” Parson said.

Located 3,300 miles west of Hawaii and 1,500 miles east of the Philippines, Guam is a U.S. territory where its residents are U.S. citizens. The island is about 36 miles long, 6 to 12 miles wide and in many ways is an all-American community.

Naval Base Guam is the home of Commander, Naval Forces Marianas, Commander Submarine Squadron 15, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Naval Special Warfare Unit 1 and supports 28 other tenant commands. It is also the home base of three Los Angeles-class submarines and both of the Navy’s submarine tenders, USS Emory S. Land and USS Frank Cable, as well as dozens of units operating in support of U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet.

According to officials at the Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the ships, submarines, aircraft and Navy personnel forward-deployed to Guam are part of the world’s largest fleet command and serve in a region critical to U.S. national security.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompasses 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.

All told, there are more than 200 ships and submarines, nearly 1,200 aircraft, and more than 130,000 uniformed and civilian personnel serving in the Pacific.

“I enjoy nurturing relationships with the local population,” Parson said. “I like experiencing the different culture and all of the history the island has to offer.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Parson is most proud of earning her A-plus certification.

“It is a computer certification that allows me to work in my field, this was a tough certification to earn and I am proud of having done so,” Parson said.

As members of one of the Navy’s most relied upon assets, Parson 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.

“I am a part of something bigger than myself,” Parson said.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:15. Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:17.