Why I Serve: The Greyhawks of VAW-120 Edition

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment.

For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different.

The #WhyIServe campaign provides our Sailors an opportunity to share their personal “why I serve” statements.

This week’s #WhyIServe submissions are from Sailors stationed with the Greyhawks of VAW-120.

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, the Greyhawks, flies and trains Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers, and Naval Aircrewmen to safely and effectively operate E-2C and C-2A aircraft, preparing them to join the fleet. VAW-120 is based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Norfolk, Va.

The E2-C Hawkeye provides command and control leadership to aircraft carrier strike groups by combining a suite of communications equipment and detection systems, which are able to detect ships and aircraft in excess of 300 nautical miles. The C-2A Greyhound, also commonly referred to as the Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD), lands aboard aircraft carriers principally to deliver cargo, mail, and passengers. Additionally, the Greyhound is an approved special warfare asset, capable of airdropping a SEAL (Sea Air Land) platoon’s inflatable combat rubber raiding craft out of its ramp, and deploying the platoon after its release.

 

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class  Farzana Khan, from Dhaka Bangladesh, stationed with the Greyhawks of VAW-120  shares the reason why she serves in the U.S. Navy.

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Farzana Khan, from Dhaka Bangladesh, stationed with the Greyhawks of VAW-120 shares the reason why she serves in the U.S. Navy.

 

Sailors are invited to join #WhyIServe. Get on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ and using the hashtag #WhyIServe, share your photos, videos and statements with us. We may pick you for our next #WhyIServe blog!