Upper Marlboro Sailor Serves at Navy’s Premier Aviation Maintenance Command

SAN DIEGO – A 2007 Frederick Douglas High School graduate and Upper Marlboro, Maryland, native is serving at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Dyer is a Navy aviation adminstrationman responsible for tracking aircraft hours, maintenance and other inspections for aircraft, engines and weapons. 

“You get to help out other tenant squadrons, making sure their components don’t go high time,” said Dyer.

Dyer credits success in the Navy to lessons he learned growing up in Upper Marlboro.

“I learned you gotta be strong throughout life, you gotta keep going,” he said. “Keep shooting for the stars and anything is possible.”

FRCSW traces its heritage to 1919, when the Navy began repairing aircraft at what is now known as Naval Air Station North Island. Since its humble beginnings almost a century ago, the facility has been at the forefront of weapons system sustainment, providing innovative naval aviation maintenance solutions utilizing the latest technologies.

Today, as the Navy’s premiere west coast Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul facility, FRCSW specializes in the maintenance, engineering and logistics support for a wide range of high-performance aircraft, servicing more that 225 airframes and 35,000 components annually.

“I like the job I do at this command,” said Dyer. “I get to help and assist, I get to dig deeper and come up with the answer.”

FRCSW provides world-class support to Navy and Marine Corps tactical, logistical and rotary wing aircraft and their components, by utilizing state-of-the-art management systems.

To provide maintenance excellence where it’s most needed, FRCSW maintains field sites at Naval Base Ventura County — Point Mugu, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and MCAS Miramar in California, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, NAS Whidbey Island Washington, as well as in Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan.

Dyer’s proudest accomplishment in the Navy so far is a deployment to Japan in 2012.

“I am very proud of that,” he said. “It allowed me to meet a whole lot of diverse people and accomplish one goal.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy’s aviation community, Dyer and other FRCSW sailors know they are a part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Military service means having the courage to stand up for what is right, having a commitment to get a job done,” said Dyer. “At the end of the day being able to stand up and say I’ve done the honorable thing is why I serve.”

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