Gary native supports Naval Aviation modernization

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver, Navy Office of Community Outreach

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JET ENGINE MAINTENANCE is naval Airman Larry Coleman’s specialty. A Washington High School graduate from Gary, Coleman’s Strike Fighter Wing ensures that each Navy squadron is fully combat ready to conduct attack, fighter, and support missions.

A Washington High School graduate and Gary, Ind. native is serving in the with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSFWP).

Airman Larry Coleman works as an aviation ordnanceman and operates out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California.

Coleman is responsible for performing maintenance on jet engines.

“I like working with my hands and taking apart the engines and putting them back together,” Coleman 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 because they are fun to be around and we all get along well together,” Coleman 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.

“It’s important to work together as a team to complete each task successfully,” Coleman said. “I’ve also enjoyed taking on additional responsibilities and growing professionally.”

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