Peabody native serves aboard Navy warship

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Caldwell, a native of Peabody, Kansas, serves aboard USS Lassen, a U.S. Navy warship operating out of Mayport, Florida.

MAYPORT, FL. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Caldwell, a native of Peabody, Kansas, serves aboard USS Lassen, a U.S. Navy warship operating out of Mayport, Florida.

Caldwell graduated from Peabody-Burns High School in 2022.
The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Peabody.
“I grew up in a small town,” said Caldwell. “There I learned about work ethic, manners and how to socialize. There are a lot of hard jobs that need to get done in the Navy and those lessons help me be more efficient.”
Caldwell joined the Navy one year ago. Today, Caldwell serves as a quartermaster.
“I joined the Navy to travel outside of Kansas and for my family,” said Caldwell. “I also wanted to see the world and the Navy is the most mobile of the branches. My father was in the military as well.”
A Navy destroyer is a multi-mission ship that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea. The ship is equipped with tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and a phalanx close-in weapons system.
More than 300 sailors serve aboard Lassen. Their jobs are highly specialized, requiring both dedication and skill. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times, according to Navy officials.
Caldwell has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.
“I’m most proud of going on deployment and seeing the world,” said Caldwell. “I am proud of that because I bring honor to my family’s name.”
Caldwell serves a Navy that operates far forward, around the world and around the clock, promoting the nation’s prosperity and security.
“Serving in the Navy means being a role model,” said Caldwell. “I gained rank quickly and I try to live up to everything that people told me I could be. It also means being an inspiration outside of the Navy. My hometown is very proud of me being in the Navy.”
Caldwell is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.
“I would like to thank my family, my teacher and my employers,” added Caldwell. “My employers taught me work ethic and how to handle multiple jobs. My teachers helped me want to be a leader. They taught me I can do whatever I wanted to do.”

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