By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Erica R. Gardner, Navy Office of Community Outreach
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rusty Pang
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Most Americans rely on weather forecasts to plan their daily routine. The U.S. Navy is no different. With numerous ships, submarines and airplanes deployed in the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s area of operations, sailors stationed at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Hawaii, make it their primary mission to monitor extreme weather conditions in support of the fleet’s daily operations.
Chief Petty Officer William Cady, a 2000 DeMatha Catholic High School graduate and native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has served in the Navy for 17 years and is one of these sailors serving at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Cady credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Upper Marlboro.
“Growing up in Maryland, the Naval Academy was near my hometown and I would visit Annapolis, holding the Navy in high regards,” said Cady.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center Detachment provides aviation weather support for the INDOPACOM area of responsibility and resource protection to ensure safety of flight and operations for Atsugi, Japan; Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa; Commander Fleet.
As a Navy aerographers Mate, Cady is responsible for advising the commanding officer and the executive officer of day-to-day activities and manage programs to enhance the careers of enlisted sailors.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
“Naval Oceanography defines and applies the physical environment for the entire Navy fleet from the bottom of the ocean to the stars,” said Rear Adm. John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. “There isn’t a plane that flies, a ship or a submarine that gets underway without the sailors and civilians of Naval Oceanography.”
The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Cady is most proud of earning several awards working with Navy Surface Warfare/Explosive Ordnance Disposal units.
“I am proud of these awards because I worked directly with operations in support of the war fighter,” said Cady.
Being stationed in Hawaii, often referred to in defense circles as the gateway to the Pacific, means Cady is serving in a part of the world taking on a new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, many of the world’s largest and smallest economies, several of the world’s largest militaries, and many U.S. allies. The Navy has been pivotal in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region for decades.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Cady, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Cady is honored to carry on that family tradition.
“My father served 22 years in the Air National Guard and he influenced me joining the miltiary,” said Cady. “He always had good stories about his experiences.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Cady and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I have enjoyed my time in the military and am making this a career to continue the legacy,” added Cady