(San Diego, CA) A 2016 Islip High School graduate and Islip, New York, native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 at Naval Station North Island in Coronado, California.
Seaman Apprentice Maria Dominguez of Islip, New York. Photo Credit: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Alex Diaz.
Seaman Apprentice Maria Dominguez is a Navy logistics specialist serving with HSM 73, a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter.
A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for ordering parts for the helicopters, verifying the priority status of orders and providing inventory support.
“I like interacting with people on a daily basis and I’m happy to help with the mission,” Dominguez said.
Dominguez credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Islip.
“Growing up, my mom educated me about the Navy and helped set me up for success,” Dominguez said.
HSM 73’s primary mission is to conduct sea control operations in open-ocean and coastal environments as part of a Carrier Air Wing. This includes hunting for submarines, searching for surface targets over the horizon and conducting search and rescue operations, if required.
The MH-60R is the Navy’s new primary maritime dominance helicopter, replacing the SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. Greatly enhanced over its predecessors, the MH-60R helicopter features a glass cockpit and significant mission system improvements, which give it unmatched capability as an airborne multi-mission naval platform, according to Navy officials.
“I enjoy the people I work with because we work well together as a team,” Dominguez said.
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Dominguez is most proud of completing command qualifications and is looking forward to attending college in the future.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Dominguez and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving to me means fighting for my country and the freedoms of others,” Dominguez said.