Life can be tedious on an aircraft carrier, where getting bored is not an option amid a million details that have to line up perfectly each time a craft takes off, lands or undergoes a three-hour inspection before the next mission.
A Hallsville High School graduate knows that all too well after serving as the final link between pilots and the control tower.
"Once I do my inspection, the only people that are going to touch that bird are the air crew and pilots," U.S. Navy Airman Daniel Rogers said Monday, eight days before he's set to rejoin the crew of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in San Diego.
Yes, that U.S.S. Carl Vinson, the one Americans saw on TV in March when it sailed into North Korean waters in response to that nation's continued missile testing.
Rogers, whose family says they've sent warriors to every American conflict, said he and the other 6,499 sailors on the Vinson knew they were the subject of headlines back home.
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