Columbus native keeping the Navy wing flying with his service

Columbus native keeping the Navy wing flying with his service
A 2007 Kendrick High School graduate and Columbus, GA native is keeping the Navy’s wing flying with his service. (Source: Class Theodore Quintana)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A 2007 Kendrick High School graduate and Columbus, GA native is keeping the Navy’s wing flying with his service.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Thompson is serving in the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft as a Navy yeoman who is responsible for clerical and administrative duties.

According to Navy officials, there are more than 15 Navy patrol squadrons in the U.S. and eight of those squadrons belong to Wing Eleven, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. This means that those who serve here are part of the first “Super Wing” in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance history, ready to deploy and defend America and allies around the world.

Thompson says, ““The most important part of my job is customer satisfaction. It makes you feel good and they appreciate what you do for them.”

Thompson credits his success in the Navy to many of the lessons he learned in his hometown Columbus.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Thompson 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 love being in the Navy and knowing that I am taking steps to protect our country,” said Thompson.

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