U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward
Marquette Catholic High School 2007 graduate Petty Officer 3rd Class Lara Vonnahmen is serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of the Navy’s 10 operational aircraft carriers. Vonnahmen is a logistics specialist.
SAN DIEGO — Petty Officer 3rd Class Lara Vonnahmen, a logistics specialist, a 2007 Marquette Catholic High School and 2011 Fontbonne University graduate from Brighton, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world's largest warships, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
USS Ronald Reagan is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today, protecting and defending America on the world's oceans. Tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that, and they are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times. About 3,000 men and women make up the ship's company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.
"I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard the carrier each day," said Capt. Christopher E. Bolt, the carrier's commanding officer. "Our team is filled with highly qualified young adults — in many cases, 19 and 20 years old — and they're out here launching and recovering aircraft, running a complex propulsion system safely, serving as air traffic controllers, operating sophisticated electronics, and keeping this floating city alive and functioning. Their work ethic, enthusiasm, and esprit de corps are second to none. If you pick up a newspaper in any city and examine what other 19- and 20-year-olds are doing, there is no comparison to the level of responsibility our sailors hold. That caliber of sailor is what has earned us the title of America’s flagship.”