San Antonio Native Navy Fireman Jesse Rouse
San Antonio native and 2005 Samuel Clemens High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Russell. Fireman Jesse Rouse is a fireman aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
A Navy fireman is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s lighting systems.
“Treating others with respect is an important lesson I have carried with me throughout my military career,” Rouse said.
More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and 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.
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“The success of our Surface Force ships is measured by our ability to provide Fleet Commanders with combat naval power at sea and to project that power ashore where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “It’s hard work to ready ships for combat operations at sea – it takes the talent of an entire crew working well together. I’m extremely proud of the each and every surface warrior’s contributions to the Navy‘s enduring mission of protecting and defending America, at home and around the world.”
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.
Rouse has military ties with family members who have previously served, and he is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My grandfather, father and uncle served in the military, and each played a role in me deciding to join the Navy,” Rouse said.
Rouse’s proudest accomplishment was stepping outside of his comfort zone and joining the military.
“Serving in the Navy has given me insight into a military world that I have always been around but never part of,” said Rouse.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Rouse and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
“I am proud of my service, and that I am doing whatever needs to be done to protect my family and our country,” Rouse said
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Thank you for supporting the men and women in the U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.
Story By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James H. Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Photo Credit Jesse Rouse: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Isaiah Sellers
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