By Ronald Gutridge
Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Lewis Dunn, a native of Marshall, Texas, has been in the Navy for 12 years and is an electrician aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Petty Officer Dunn graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 2002, and right after graduating he enlisted in the Navy for four years. “I joined the Navy to get life experience, to travel the world and to serve my country,” said Dunn. “At first I only joined for four years, but once I started learning about the electrician’s mate rate, I knew I would be able to succeed at this job so I decided to make it my career.” While on deployment, Dunn said he is working on learning as much as he can about his rate so he can continue to train and mentor the junior Sailors. “I really enjoy watching my Sailors put their training to use, repairing the ship,” said Dunn. “I train them to do the job right the first time because the crew depends on us to do our part to keep this ship mission ready, whether it’d be in port or out to sea.” The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. “Why Being There Matters” On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.