NORFOLK, Va. – Petty Officer 3rd Class Tre Guyton, a native of Madison, Alabama, serves the United States Navy aboard one of the world’s largest warships, the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush (CVN 77).
Bush was commissioned in 2009 and is completing a pre-deployment work cycle.
“The hard work of our sailors to bring George Herbert Walker Bush back to the operational fleet in 2021 has been exemplary,” said Captain Robert Aguilar, commanding officer of GHWB. “They represent the finest principles of service to mission and nation that our namesake, President George HW Bush embodied.”
Guyton joined the Navy three years ago. Today, Guyton is a culinary specialist.
“My dad was in the military, so I thought I could start my own legacy by joining the navy,” Guyton said.
Growing up in Madison, Guyton attended James Clemens High School and graduated in 2018. Today, Guyton relies on similar skills and values found in Madison to succeed in the military.
“I grew up in Madison and graduated from high school there,” Guyton said. “I also have family in Huntsville and spent time there when I was young. Growing up in Alabama, I learned never to let anyone take you off your pivot. Always know how to think in n any situation to give the best of yourself.”
These lessons helped Guyton while serving in the Navy.
Guyton’s service aboard Bush follows the lead of the ship’s namesake, the nation’s 41st President, George HW Bush. Bush is the only US president to have served as a US Navy aviator. During World War II, he flew the TBF Avenger in Torpedo Squadron (VT) 51 and was stationed aboard USS San Jacinto (CVL 30). He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for a daring bombardment on the island of Chichi Jima.
The ship bearing Bush’s name is preparing for deployment amid continued strategic competition between the United States and its adversaries. In doing so, the ship and its sailors continue the legacy of service to the nation that United States Navy aircraft carriers have provided for 100 years.
Since the commissioning of the USS Langley (CV 1) 100 years ago on March 20, aircraft carriers and their ability to project American power around the world have been a constant tool to maintain and improve the interest of the national security of the United States and the prosperity of the American people.
Sailors aboard USS George HW Bush, like Guyton, continue to shine a light on the heritage of the carrier fleet and naval aviation by providing national command authority with a flexible and customizable combat capability in as the flagship of a carrier battle group that maintains maritime stability and security in order to provide access, deter aggression, and defend the interests of the United States, allies, and partners.
Serving in the Navy means Guyton is part of a team that takes on new importance in the United States’ focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support national defense strategy.
“We all have a responsibility to protect this nation so we know our families will be safe,” Guyton said.
With more than 90% of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95% of global telephone and Internet traffic carried by fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the America’s prosperity and security depend directly on a strong and ready navy.
Guyton and the Sailors with whom they serve have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I’m proud to have achieved my current rank,” said Guyton. “I rose through the ranks quite quickly, through hard work. I entered the military motivated and wanted to make a difference.”
As Guyton and other sailors continue to train and fly missions, they are proud to serve their country in the United States Navy.
“Serving in the Navy is more than just finishing your contract,” Guyton added. “You’re going to get out what you put into your service in the army.”