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UCHS grad serves as Machinist's Mate on U.S.S. George H.W. Bush

From the mountainous terrain of Unicoi County, to sailing the seas, Fireman Daniel Carver is part of an illustrious class of the U.S. Navy.
The 2001 graduate of Unicoi County High School currently serves on the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush as a Machinist’s Mate (MM). The job never stays dull for an MM with duties including operating, maintaining and repairing the ship’s equipment. Carver is among the 6,000 members of the crew.
In a press release issued to The Erwin Record for the U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach, Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ward had the opportunity to speak with Carver about his military career.
“I had always wanted to join the military and the Navy was my best choice, as I had a thing for ships,” said Carver. “Not only do we protect the sea lanes, we are involved in other missions in the Navy such as drug interdiction,”
The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, recently docked back in Norfolk, Va., homeport on Feb. 18 after an eight-day excursion with training exercises for the crew.
Carver’s in rare company. The aircraft carrier reaches the length of over three football fields, near 1,100 foot long. Among being a powerhouse in the ocean, the aircraft is only one of 10 in operation by the US Navy.
As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Carver added he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. He also said that it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, and serving aboard a ship is something he never expected to be doing just a couple years ago.
While serving with many different aspects of the ship, it is a civic duty to protect his country, Carver added.
The commander officer of the vessel had nothing but praise for Carver and the others stationed on the ship.
“I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard this ship each day,” said Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle, the carrier’s commanding officer.
“The U.S.S. George H.W. Bush team is filled with highly qualified young adults – in many cases, 19 and 20 years old – and they’re out here running a complex propulsion system safely, serving as air traffic controllers, operating sophisticated electronics, launching and recovering aircraft when we’re underway, and keeping this floating city alive and functioning.
“I can’t express how proud I am to be a part of this team. They performed at the highest level, day in and day out during our recent 9-month combat deployment and are continuing to do so here at home. Their professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence are second to none.”
The first week of March also serves as a celebratory mark for sailors across the nation. The U.S. Navy Reserve celebrated their 100th anniversary on March 3. For any member part of the reserve branch, view navyreservecentennial.com for a list of events to celebrate the milestone.