Military Tradition Continues for Brothers in Arms

Story Number: NNS090212-16Release Date: 2/12/2009 3:50:00 PM
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By Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A Sailor from USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), embraced his family tradition of service once again and re-enlisted Dec. 15, 2008 - with his brother serving as the re-enlisting officer.

Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW/SW) Justin Badwound re-enlisted from brother, Army Capt. Sean Badwound, as the re-enlisting officer for the ceremony conducted at the Light Industrial Facility (LIFAC) where Justin Badwound works.

The Carl Vinson Sailor has been in the Navy since January 2004. His brother Sean was already in the Army when he joined and his grandfather also served in the military.

"I came in with the mindset that I wanted to be successful in the same way," said Badwound.

While assigned to Carl Vinson, Badwound has achieved Sailor in the Spotlight recognition, Sailor of the Month, Junior Sailor of the Quarter - Second Quarter 2008, AIMD Junior Sailor of the Quarter and AIMD Junior Sailor of the Year in 2008. Badwound has also dedicated time to earning both enlisted air and surface warfare qualifications.

"I know the Navy is the career I want," said Badwound.
"It was a very special moment to have my brother support me and be able to act as the re-enlisting officer to help me along my path."

He is submitting his second Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) package in hopes of becoming an officer himself.
Badwound's last day with Carl Vinson will be March 16 after which he will transfer to Naval Aviation Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola, Fl. for instructor duty of aviation mechanic "A" school to continue working on his goals in the Navy.

"I've watched AM2 go from an E-2 to E-5 as an unbelievably motivated leader," said Aviation Mechanic 1st Class Christopher Dean, leading petty officer.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Badwound is a future leader of the Navy and it will be a better place because of that."

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