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Hinesville native serves with versatile helicopter squadron
Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell Floyd
Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell Floyd

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Hanchar, Navy Office of Community Outreach

ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell Floyd, a native of Hinesville, is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 on the island of Guam.

Floyd graduated from Bradwell Institute in 2011.

“I was taught from a very young age the value of hard work, and that if you are going to do anything, it’s worth doing right the first time,” he said.

Floyd joined the Navy 13 years ago. Today, he serves as an aviation electronics technician.

HSC 25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron and as part of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, it provides an armed helicopter capability for U.S. 7th and 5th Fleets, as well as detachments to various commands covering a diverse mission set. Flying the MH-60S helicopter, HSC25 supports permanently assigned detachments to the USS America homeported in Sasebo, Japan, Commander Task Force 76, and Commander Task Force 73. These detachments perform combat logistics, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance for U.S. 7th Fleet.

“I am most proud of the fact that my hard work was seen and I was able to climb to the rank of petty officer first class,” he said. “Being a first class allows me to help my fellow junior sailors and teach them to be successful. We are all a team, and I enjoy bringing up my junior sailors right behind me.

“Serving in the Navy is a calling and a way to give back to my home country,” he said.

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