Atlanta native serves aboard Navy warship

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser, USS Cowpens.

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2nd Class Sang Kim, Navy
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Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaleb Bowman, a 2016 South Paulding High School graduate, joined the Navy two years ago.

“Originally I joined to be part of special warfare because I wanted more of the challenge than a desk job provides,” said Bowman.

“The Navy offers so many different opportunities.”

Today, Bowman serves as a sonar technician.

A sonar technician is responsible for training junior sailors to ensure they are confident in their skills and current in their qualifications.

Bowman relies upon skills and values from lessons learned in Atlanta to succeed in the military.

“My mother taught me to always reach for the stars and that anything is possible,” said Bowman. “She was a very hard worker, and I admire that.”

Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Cowpens is named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens, a major American victory near Cowpens, South Carolina. The historic battle weakened British attempts to wrest the southern colonies from American control.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance, according to Navy officials.

Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, cruisers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any task overseas.

Serving in the Navy means Bowman is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on strengthening alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capacities and maintaining military readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy.

\“The Navy provides sea and air power,” said Bowman. “Just knowing we’re out there is a big deterrent to our adversaries.”

More than 90 percent of all trade travels by sea, and fiber optic cables on the ocean floor carry 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic.

Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to ready sailors and a strong Navy.

“Maintaining the world’s best Navy is an investment in the security and prosperity of the United States, as well as the stability of our world,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.

“The U.S. Navy – forward deployed and integrated with all elements of national power – deters conflict, strengthens our alliances and partnerships and guarantees free and open access to the world’s oceans. As the United States responds to the security environment through integrated deterrence, our Navy must continue to deploy forward and campaign with a ready, capable, combat-credible fleet.”

“The Surface Force will continue to meet the challenge of strategic competition and respond to the realities of the modern security environment,” said Commander of Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener. “ Our efforts are critical to preserve freedom of the seas, deter aggression and win wars.”

Sailors like Bowman have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“My proudest moment in the Navy came while I was going through the submarine commander's course,” said Bowman. “I actually got to track a live submarine,”
As Bowman and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means, to me, that you have a high level of discipline,” Bowman added. “You have to be able to mentally push through tough situations.”

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