Marion native serves aboard “Floating Airport at Sea,” half a world away
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Airman Apprentice Christopher Townsend, a native of Marion, South Carolina, knew college wasn’t really for him. He said he didn’t want more school and didn’t want the debt. He knew he wanted to do something more, something that would help him improve as a person.
Now, nine months later and half a world away, Townsend serves aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, patrolling one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of the leading-edge of U.S. 7th Fleet.
“Life on a carrier is busy,” he said. “You’re always working, you’re always getting ready for the next deployment, always making sure the flight deck is at 100 percent.”