By LT. COURTNEY PRIZER
Navy Office of Community Outreach
A 2015 Trenton High School graduate and Trenton native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Halsey.
Seaman Bradley Boler works aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Boler credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Trenton.
“My hometown taught me the value of hard work and determination,” Boler said. “I took both of those lessons and apply them into my everyday life while serving.”
Halsey measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve more than 30 mph in open seas.
Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from maintaining engines and handling weaponry to washing dishes and preparing meals.
Onboard the ship, Boler is responsible for helping his deck shipmates in their daily tasks while determining which Navy rate is the best fit for him and his family.
According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required war-fighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.
Being stationed in Pearl Harbor, often referred to as the gateway to the Pacific in defense circles, means Boler 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.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Boler, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Boler is honored to carry on that family tradition.
“My grandfather served in the Army and my great grandfather served in the Navy,” Boler said. “They influenced my decision to serve and carry on this tradition.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Boler is most proud of earning graduating boot camp and making his parents proud.
“During a recent ship inspection, I was proud to be singled out as a top performing junior sailor,” Boler said.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Boler and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy allows me to represent this country proudly,” added Boler. “The coolest thing about serving is meeting new people from diverse backgrounds.”