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Pat­ap­sco High School grad serves aboard USS Ron­ald Rea­gan

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Bal­ti­more na­tive and Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts grad­u­ate Tyler Brooks-Mcie is serv­ing aboard USS Ron­ald Rea­gan (CVN 76) dur­ing Ex­er­cise Valiant Shield, Sept. 14-25.

Ex­er­cise par­tic­i­pants in­clude USS Ron­ald Rea­gan (CVN 76), USS Amer­ica (LHA 6), USS New Or­leans (LPD 18), USS Ger­man­town (LSD 42) and mul­ti­ple sur­face ships – ap­prox­i­mately 100 air­craft and an es­ti­mated 11,000 per­son­nel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Ma­rine Corps.

Valiant Shield fo­cuses on in­te­gra­tion of train­ing in a blue-wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment. This train­ing en­ables re­al­world pro­fi­ciency in sus­tain­ing joint forces through de­tect­ing, lo­cat­ing, track­ing, and en­gag­ing units at sea, in the air, on land, and cy­berspace in re­sponse to a range of mission ar­eas.

Air­man Brooks-Mcie, an aviation ord­nance­man, as­sem­bles and dis­as­sem­bles, and arms and dis­arms bombs, mis­siles and rock­ets.

“It feels great to know I am a part of some­thing big­ger than just a de­ploy­ment,” said Brooks-Mcie.

Valiant Shield’s par­tic­i­pat­ing forces will ex­er­cise a wide range of warfight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and demon­strate the in­her­ent flexibilit­y and ca­pa­bil­ity of U.S. naval fleet op­er­a­tions and in­te­gra­tion of joint forces. The range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions, anti-sub­ma­rine and air-de­fense ex­er­cises, am­phibi­ous op­er­a­tions, and other ele­ments of com­plex warfight­ing.

“Ex­er­cises such as Valiant Shield al­low U.S. forces the op­por­tu­nity to in­te­grate warfight­ing con­cepts such as all-do­main strike group op­er­a­tions in a joint high end war­fare train­ing en­vi­ron­ment to con­tin­u­ously im­prove joint lethal­ity,” said Rear Adm. Michael Boyle, di­rec­tor mar­itime op­er­a­tions, U.S. Pa­cific Fleet. “It is vi­tally im­por­tant that we demon­strate to our al­lies and part­ners our strong com­mit­ment to a free and open Indo-Pa­cific.”

Since USS Ron­ald Rea­gan’s Yoko­suka de­par­ture in June 2020, the ship con­tin­ues to op­er­ate in the Indo-Pa­cific along­side al­lies and part­ners to demon­strate the United States of Amer­ica’s com­mit­ment to de­fense agree­ments, as well as pro­vide se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

While at Pat­ap­sco High, Brooks-Mcie was a mem­ber of the soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse teams.

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