By Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach
A 2009 Osceola High School graduate and Kissimmee, Florida native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced helicopter.
Petty Officer 1st Class Antonio Ramos credits much of his success from lessons he learned growing up in Kissimmee.
“My hometown taught me that life can be fun but it can also be extremely difficult to make a living. I took that lesson and used it to drive me forward in my career in the Navy so I could make an honest living while serving my country,” said Ramos.
Ramos is an aviation electrician with the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, a Jacksonville, Florida based squadron that operates the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and Anti-Surface Warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. Each helicopter is nearly 65 feet long, may weigh up to 23,500 lbs. (max gross) and can travel over 120 miles per hour for nearly 320 miles on a tank of gas.
As an aviation electrician, Ramos is responsible for maintaining all electrical equipment on the helicopter, including troubleshooting all associated systems.
According to Navy officials, the MH-60R is the most capable multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. It is used for a variety of missions, including hunting and tracking enemy submarines, attacking enemy ships, search and rescue, drug interdiction, delivering supplies and supporting the Navy’s special operations forces.
It is replacing the Navy’s older helicopters because of its greater versatility and more advanced weapon systems.
Ramos is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy that our nation needs.
“My grandfather served in the Army for a short stint but it didn’t work out for him,” said Ramos. “I do have two cousins who have served or are currently serving in the Navy. I am extremely proud of both of them.”
Ramos said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“I am proud to have earned the honor of being a 1st Class Petty Officer and having the opportunity to train the next generation of sailors,” said Ramos.
Sailors’ jobs are highly varied within the squadron. Approximately 297 Navy men and women are assigned and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly. This includes everything from maintaining helicopter airframes and engines, to processing paperwork, handling weapons and flying the aircraft.
Ramos is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Ramos and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
Serving in the Navy, Ramos is learning about being a more respectable leader, Sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities.
“Having the opportunity to serve in the Navy has allowed me to make lifelong friendships with people who would go above and beyond for you,” said Ramos. “It has also allowed me to travel the world at such a young age and gain wisdom unknown to most people my age.”