Lexington native finds navy an ‘opportunity’ for life
According to Navy officials, amphibious assault ships are designed to deliver U.S. Marines and their equipment to 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 ability to simultaneously use helicopters, Harrier jets, and air-cushion landing craft, as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations.
“By being aboard an LHD, I can experience almost everything the Navy has to offer on the same day,” said McMinoway. “I can watch jets and helicopters take off from our large deck, then walk underneath and see Landing Craft air cushions with humvees and small craft full of Marines coming in and out of our well deck. We have the opportunities of a big ship but the atmosphere of a small one. From the weather decks I can see some of the most advanced technology on the waterfront, ready to defend our ship, and from one place I can watch the boatswain manipulate the line the same way sailors do. ‘did at the birth of our nation. We really have it all.
While there are many opportunities for Sailors to gain recognition in their command, community and career, McMinoway is very proud of the people they have met.
“I’ve heard that the military makes lifelong friends, but I didn’t realize how deep it is,” McMinoway said. “I made friends in every state and country I could call after 20 years without contact and they would still be on a plane to help within hours with no questions asked. You really don’t make friends in the Navy, you make family.
As a member of the US Navy, McMinoway, along with other Sailors, know they are part of a tradition of service delivering unforgettable experiences through leadership development, global affairs and humanitarian assistance. . Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the world and for generations of seafarers to follow.
“Serving in the Navy means sacrificing your comfort and freedoms for the comfort and freedom of others,” added McMinoway. “One of my best friends in the Navy once said, ‘What we stand for and stand for is not what we live in.’ It stuck. Serving means that my family and friends can enjoy the aspects of life that I love and envy the most, in the cold, wet and tired. I work alongside my siblings in the dark places of the world to make sure everyone at home can enjoy the American Dream that I love and envy.