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Granite Hills alum wants to have ‘positive impact’ on fellow sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Xiaoming Zheng
Navy Office of Comm unity Outreach

SASEBO, Japan – Chief Petty Officer Brennan Hayes, a native of San Diego, California, serves the U.S. Navy in Japan. Hayes attended Granite Hills High School and graduated in 2004.

Hayes joined the Navy 17 years ago.

“I joined the Navy because I want to be independent and travel the world,” said Hayes.

Today, Hayes serves as a gas turbine systems electrical technician with Naval Beach Unit Seven.

Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in San Diego.

“One of the lessons I learned is the importance of family,” said Hayes.

According to Navy officials, Naval Beach Unit Seven empowers forward-deployed U.S. and Allied Forces while providing superior support to military members and their families.

Hayes serves in Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. These naval forces operate with allies and partners to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Service members in this region are part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which has the largest area of responsibility in the world.

“As the largest force in our nation’s front line against revisionist actors, U.S. Pacific Fleet meets this great responsibility with strength, resolve and confidence,” said Adm. Samuel Paparo, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander. “Together with our joint and combined partner operations, weare positioned to defend – across all domains – any attempts to threaten our nation, our allies and partner’s security, freedom and well-being.”

As a member of the Navy, Hayes is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.

As Hayes 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 everything to me,” said Hayes. “It gives me the chance to be part of something, I want to have a positive impact on junior Sailors.

Hayes is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I would like to thank my parents and my cousin,” added Hayes.

This story was reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Navy.

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