NORFOLK, Va. (WTOK) - It's rare for civilians to get a real glimpse into military life but Newscenter 11 recently had the chance to do just that.
We traveled to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to meet some of the men and women of the U.S. Navy who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.
Among them was Anthony Char from Muscadine, Ala. He's an aviation structural mechanic, also known as an airframer. Char is responsible for making sure the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter is ready for operations.
The 19-year-old is still very new to the Navy, having joined in the summer of 2018. He's learning his trade to get his command qualification.
"We’ll go out, we'll check the aircraft for any rust or anything like that. Just do your inspections, basically. Just make sure all your stuff that needs to be serviced is serviced," Char said.
Anthony says he has the full support of his family.
"They're really proud of me being in this. Of course, any parent is going to be worried when their son is in the military, but they're proud," he said.
Char's older brother, David, was on a Navy helicopter squadron until he passed away in a car accident in 2017. He says that was his motivation to get where he is.
"I originally wanted the join, then all that happened. I was like 'hey, I’m still going to join' and they were like 'are you sure?' and I was like 'yeah, it's not the Navy that happened to him, it was just him driving.' I mean, it's still something that I want to do and I love it. I've always wanted to make [my brother] proud and I feel like I am," Char said.
Newscenter 11 will air more from the visit to the USS Harry S. Truman in May.