A 2014 Broadneck High School graduate and Annapolis native is serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Ahmay is an aviation electronics technician with the Mighty Shrikes of VFA 94, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. He was in Washington State for two years, and will be in California until his contract ends in August 2019.
A Navy aviation electronics technician is responsible for maintaining radar communications aboard the aircraft.
“I was taught to always keep my head up,” Ahmay said. “Not everything goes your way, especially in the military. It's always good to keep a positive attitude.”
Members of VFA 94 work with the F/A 18 Super Hornet, one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers at sea and can conduct air-to-air combat as well as striking targets on land.
It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 pounds, with a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour. Operating from sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time.
The versatile jet can destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders.“Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, is the heart of Naval Aviation,” said Capt. James S. Bates, deputy commodore, strike fighter wing, U.S. Pacific.
Ahmay has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My grandpa was in the Navy,” Ahmay said. “He told me a lot of stories about his time in the Navy. Once I found out, it seemed like it was something I could do. He got to travel and do a bunch of cool stuff. I knew I wanted to do the same.”
Ahmay joined in February 2015. As for why he decided to join, it was mostly “just to get out of Maryland, which is a beautiful place to live and grow up, but I felt like if I didn’t leave soon that I’d never get out and see the world like I wanted to. I love my job and I love the Navy for the experiences it’s provided for me.
“If I could go back and do it all over again, I’m sure I would. I am proud to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
A primary candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Cape St. Claire Clubhouse, 1223 River Bay Road.
Invited are primary candidates from all parties for county executive, state's attorney, sheriff, County Council-District 5 and Board of Education-District 5. The first hour will allow candidates 3-5 minutes to introduce themselves to residents of the Broadneck Peninsula.
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