Tyler Chaney (‘16) serving in the U.S. Navy, aboard USS Port Royal

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Chaney has served in the Navy for two years and is aboard a guided-missile cruiser operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
As a Navy sonar technician (surface), Tyler Chaney is responsible for conducting active and passive sonar operations to see everything happening underwater.

Chaney credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Tucson.  “Growing up, I learned about developing a strong work ethic through my club soccer team and my parents,” said Chaney.

Approximately 300 men and women serve aboard the ship. According to Navy officials, their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly. They do everything from maintaining gas turbine engines and operating the highly sophisticated Aegis weapons system to driving the ship and operating small boats.

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Chaney is most proud of advancing in rank from E-1 to E-5 in two years.  “I am proud of this because it shows that my hard work is paying off,” said Chaney.

A Navy cruiser is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea Navy officials explained. The ship is equipped with a vertical launching system, tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and a phalanx close-in weapons systems.  Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means Chaney is serving in a part of the world taking on a new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances, and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Chaney, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Chaney is honored to carry on that family tradition.  “My grandfather was a paratrooper during the Korean War and my dad served for 20 years in the Air Force,” said Chaney. “My dad is one of my biggest role models in my life, so I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
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