NORFOLK, Va. – A 2010 Platte Canyon High School graduate and Bailey native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Brumaghin is a Naval aircrewman serving with the Fleet Angels, a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.
A Naval aircrewman is responsible for flying in the helicopters for injury assessment and search and rescue if needed.
Brumaghin credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Bailey.
“I was taught to never quit and to always persevere,” said Brumaghin. “I joined doing a different job originally. When I was able to change jobs, I had to work really hard and stick with it to achieve the goal I wanted.”
HSC-2 trains more than 1,500 pilots, aircrewmen and aviation students annually. Squadron members train those who will fly and maintain the MH-60S helicopter in a variety of missions, including fleet logistics support, medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
When flying the Knighthawk helicopter, members of the Fleet Angels search for surface ships, support special operations forces, conduct combat search and rescue missions, and perform other military operations around the world.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that the U.S. is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
Brumaghin is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness and strengthening alliances in support of National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Brumaghin is most proud of graduating from rescue swimmer school.
“I had always known rescue swimmers and knew what they did was the job I wanted,” said Brumaghin. “When I made it through the school, it was a good feeling to know I was able to do the job I desired.”
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Brumaghin, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Brumaghin is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My dad was in the Army, and my brother is in the Air Force,” said Brumaghin. “It’s in my blood to serve. I always knew I wanted to join.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Brumaghin and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy that the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy is a job I really enjoy doing,” added Brumaghin. “I have an exciting job where I get to fly and finally do something I love. I like being able to help others, it is a good feeling.”