Cheyenne Native Serves aboard a Floating Airport at Sea

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lane Crozier is an electronics technician serving aboard the carrier. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver

BREMERTON – A Cheyenne, Wyoming, native and 2013 Cheyenne East High School graduate is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, a floating airport at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lane Crozier is an electronics technician serving aboard the carrier.

A Navy electronics technician is responsible for maintaining radar, navigation, and interfacing equipment.

“The radar equipment I maintain is critical to the ship’s mission, and that’s a feeling I love,” said Crozier.

Approximately 3,200 men and women make up the crew of John C. Stennis, with an additional 2,000 sailors assigned to the ship’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 9.

Named in honor of former Senator John C. Stennis from Mississippi, the carrier is longer than three football fields, measuring nearly 1,100 feet. The ship, a true floating city, weighs more than 100,000 tons and has a flight deck that is 252 feet wide.

When the air wing is embarked, the ship carries more than 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land aboard the carrier at sea.

Powerful catapults slingshot the aircraft off the bow of the ship. The planes land aboard the carrier by snagging a steel cable with an arresting hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft.

Crozier combines the lessons learned from both the Navy and Cheyenne to take personal responsibility in performing assigned tasks and leading others.

“I learned the value of patience from growing up, and that’s carried me in the Navy,” said Crozier.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Crozier and other John C. Stennis sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy means I get to serve my country,” said Crozier. “I’m proud and I get to carry on my family’s heritage.”


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