A South America High School in Ecuador (San Gabriel High School) graduate and Elizabeth, N.J. native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).
Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan Yepezalvear works as an aviation support equipment technician and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.
Yepezalvear is responsible for supervising the corrosion control center and equipment.
“I like that the job community is small and we work closely with each other to help perform our tasks,” Yepezalvear said.
“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces.
The strike fighter wing, headquartered at NAS Lemoore, ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.
“I like the people that I work with and how easy it is to develop relationships. I know I can always count on my co-workers,” Yepezalvear said.
With the CSFWP consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.
“The most important thing that I have learned about serving in the Navy is that it has offered me discipline and structure. I know where I need to be and what I need to get done. Nothing is perfect, but the Navy always tries to make things fair and I feel comfortable at work. The Navy has many resources to offer,” Yepezalvear said.
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