MILLINGTON, Tenn. – An Alamosa, Colorado, native is serving aboard USS Iwo Jima, a U.S. Navy Wasp class amphibious assault ship.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Dante Fitzgerald is a 2019 Alamosa High School graduate. Today Fitzgerald serves as an electronics technician.
Electronics technicians, supervise, and manage the preventive and corrective maintenance of radar, navigation, computer, communication, and intelligence systems.
Fitzgerald joined the Navy two year ago for the love of this country.
“I joined the Navy because I wanted a challenge and I love my county,” said Fitzgerald.
According to Fitzgerald, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Alamosa.
“Teamwork has helped me serve my country in and effective and efficient manner,” said Fitzgerald.
Iwo Jima is the seventh Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and the second ship in the U.S. Navy to bear that name. The ship was named for the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II.
According to Navy officials, amphibious assault ships are designed to deliver U.S. Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts. Designed to be versatile, the ship has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned, as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations.
Fitzgerald’s favorite part of working in the Navy is working with other service members.
“I enjoy working together with my fellow sailors and Marines,” said Fitzgerald.
Though there are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers, Fitzgerald is most proud of receiving an award.
“I’m most proud of receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal,” said Fitzgerald.
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Fitzgerald, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.
“Serving in the Navy means an opportunity to be a part of something larger than myself,” added Fitzgerald. “Being able to protect my family and friends back home means a lot to me.”