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News : Brookfield Native Serving Aboard USS Forrest Sherman
Posted by Randy on 2014/8/5 10:10:00 (666 reads) News by the same author

NORFOLK, Va. – A 2010 Brookfield R-III High School graduate and Brookfield, Mo., native is serving aboard USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Johnallen Moore is an cryptologic technician aboard the Norfolk-based ship, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, that is longer than 1.5 football fields long at nearly 510 feet long. The ship is 66 feet wide and weighs more than 9,200 tons. Twin gas turbine engines can push the ship through the water at more than 30 mph. USS Forrest Sherman is named for Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman, and is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

As a 22 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Moore said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. "My friends have graduated college, but I am three years ahead of them in hands-on work," said Parker.

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(Petty Officer 2nd Class Johnallen Moore)

"The Navy really gives you the opportunity to learn on your own with guidance from mentors. You can train to do different jobs like working on damage control teams and visit, board, search and seizure teams.”

He also said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the Forrest Sherman’s crew, protecting America on the world’s oceans. “It takes everyone, as a joint effort, to make a mission successful,” Moore explained. “We add to the carrier strike group, and that adds to the fleet.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Forrest Sherman. Approximately 34 officers and 253 enlisted men and women make up the ship's company, which keeps all parts of the destroyer running smoothly -- this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the engines.

“As John Paul Jones said, men mean more than guns in the way you run a ship and it's still true today. It's all about our people, I am proud and amazed by the knowledge they display and the work my sailors do every day," said Cmdr. John A Krisciunas, the ship’s commanding officer. Their professionalism, motivation and commitment to the Navy are genuinely inspiring.”

Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute multi-mission evolutions such as surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-air warfare. USS Forrest Sherman can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile combat ships, Moore and other USS Forrest Sherman sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

"It's been rewarding," said Moore. “There are low days and there are exciting days, both complimented by the best people you’ll meet in your life. Everyone’s in it together.”

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