Story and photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeffery Tilghman Williams, Navy Office of Community Outreach
FALLON, Nev.– Petty Officer 3rd Class Jack Delsarc, a 2018 Green Bay West High School graduate, is serving with Naval Air Station Fallon supporting TOPGUN aviators at the Navy’s premier tactical air warfare training center.
“My mom taught me to respect rank while growing up,” said Delsarc, who serves as a master-at-arms on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada, “That has helped me with both structure and discipline in life.”
“I joined the Navy for a fresh start and an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.”
Fifty-two years ago, TOPGUN was introduced with the mission of reducing casualties of naval aviators sustained during the Vietnam War. Within a year, this goal was reached with the United States having one casualty for every 12 enemy deaths. Since then, TOPGUN continues to train the finest naval aviators and has inspired one blockbuster movie released in May 1986, with a sequel planned for release in May of 2022.
“I am extremely excited about the impact this movie will have,” said Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander Naval Air Forces. “Much like the trend that followed the original film, I am confident that Top Gun: Maverick will have a tremendous impact on our Navy recruiting efforts which will greatly increase the numbers of brave and talented Sailors among our ranks.”
Serving in the Navy means Delsarc is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“The Navy is beneficial because it demonstrates power globally,” said Delsarc. “Converting into the master-at-arms rating and deploying to Egypt have been my most memorable experiences in the Navy so far. Serving my country means being a part of something bigger than myself.”
With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.