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2018-06-07 / Local News

Iroquois graduate works on Navy’s advanced aircraft


Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Kapturowski is an aircrew survival equipmentman with the Sidewinders of VFA 8, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Kapturowski is an aircrew survival equipmentman with the Sidewinders of VFA 8, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. An Iroquois High School graduate is flying high — literally. Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Kapturowski is working to keep some of the world’s most advanced aircraft running.

Kapturowski, who graduated in 2012, is an aircrew survival equipmentman with the Sidewinders of VFA 86 at the Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. Kapturowski is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of 15 sets of aircraft gear.

“I was taught to be a nice person,” Kapturowski said, adding that his attitude is part of what has helped him succeed in the Navy. “You get a lot more accomplished in the Navy by being respectful.”

Kapturowski, along with other members of VFA-86, work with the “F/A 18 Super Hornet,” one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, according to a Navy spokesperson. The Super Hornet, which takes off and lands on Navy aircraft carriout ers at sea, is also capable of engaging in air-to-air combat. The 61-foot-long plane can also hit targets hundreds of miles away, all while reaching a maximum speed of 1,190 mph.

According to Capt. James S. Bates, deputy commodore, of the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific, the sailors assigned to this job always exceed expectations and produce amazing results.

“Naval Aviation is a challenging occupation, but our sailors work day in and day to provide fully mission capable aircraft and fully qualified aircrew to ensure leadership is able to answer national level tasking,” he said, adding that he is humbled to lead the sailors assigned to SFWP.

As for Kapturowski, the decision to join the military was an easy one.

“I always knew I want to join the military,” he said. “So, I just went and did it. I like the Navy as a whole.”

Kapturowski added that he likes the people at his command post.

“They know what they are doing and how to get things done.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Kapturowski and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, providing the Navy the nation needs.

“I know my parents and my uncle support my decision to serve,” Kapturowski said.

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