Elizabeth native serving aboard USS Anzio

Fireman Javier McMillon

Fireman Javier McMillon

NORFOLK – A 2013 Piscataway Vocational Technical High School graduate and Elizabeth, New Jersey native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS Anzio.

Fireman Javier McMillon is a gas turbine system technician aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.

A Navy gas turbine system technician is responsible for maintaining and repairing the shipboard engines.

“I’m just happy to have a job,” said McMillon.  “When I do my job on a day to day basis it makes me happy and I’ve very grateful.  I’m just very proud to wear the uniform.”

Commissioned in May of 1992, USS Anzio measures approximately 567 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the cruiser to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. Cruisers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, cruisers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.

“I am very proud of Anzio’s numerous accomplishments during our recent eight-month overseas deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,” said Capt. Frank X. Castellano, commanding officer of USS Anzio. “It takes significant teamwork and dedication to duty in order to achieve this success.  Javier was a vital member of Team Anzio who definitely contributed to our mission.”

With a crew of over 300 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

“There is a sense of team aboard this ship,” said McMillon.  “Everyone will help you out with anything you need.  It is a big brotherhood.  We just retuned from deployment.  It was a very busy time, but fulfilling.”

Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“Serving in the Navy to me means a steady job that has given me the opportunity to advance my knowledge,” said McMillon.  “I love learning new things.”

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