SASEBO, Japan – An Edgewood, Maryland, native and 2015 Edgewood High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy forward-deployed in Japan aboard USS Germantown.

Fireman Marc Stallings is a electrician’s mate aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

A Navy electrician’s mate is responsible foroperating and performing organizational and intermediate maintenance on power and lighting circuits, electrical fixtures, motors, generators, voltage and frequency regulators, controllers, distribution switchboards and other electrical equipment.

Stallings is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Edgewood.

“In my hometown, I learned the importance of listening more than talking, by just listening to what other people say, you learn more and I apply that to my Navy career,” said Stallings.

Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America’s interests.With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials.

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

“The best part of this command is the people I have met,”said Stallings“I have really made some good, longtime friends. I’ve matured from being out here.The Navy has made me more flexible with life.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Stallings and other 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 leadership,”said Stallings.“Everyone is their own individual leader and it gives you the mindset of how to lead and be lead.”

Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.