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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy Office of Community Outreach
(MAYPORT, Fla.) – A 2008 St. Mary’s High School graduate and Annapolis, Maryland, native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter.
Lt. Hannah Geisen credits much of their success from lessons they learned growing up in Annapolis.
“My hometown taught me to enjoy life’s moments, especially with the ones you love,” said Geisen.
Geisen is a 2013 graduate of United States Naval Academy.
Geisen is a pilot with the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, a Mayport, Florida based squadron that operates the Navy’s next-generation submarine hunter and Anti-Surface Warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. Each helicopter is nearly 65 feet long, may weigh up to 23,500 lbs. (max gross) and can travel over 120 miles per hour for nearly 320 miles on a tank of gas.
As a pilot, Geisen is responsible for the safe execution of the squadron’s flight missions.
According to Navy officials, the MH-60R is the most capable multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. It is used for a variety of missions, including hunting and tracking enemy submarines, attacking enemy ships, search and rescue, drug interdiction, delivering supplies and supporting the Navy’s special operations forces.
It is replacing the Navy’s older helicopters because of its greater versatility and more advanced weapon systems.
Geisen is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy our nation needs.
“My family has over 250 years of military service. My grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins, parents, and siblings have all served which greatly inspired me to do the same. It is an honor to continue the legacy,” said Geisen.
Geisen said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“Earning my wings was an amazing accomplishment. It took years of studying, dedication, and perseverance to make it through the training. So, I am proud that I not only made it but that I took the lessons from the experience and can apply them to my leadership today,” said Geisen.
Sailors’ jobs are highly varied within the squadron. Approximately 297 Navy men and women are assigned and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly. This includes everything from maintaining helicopter airframes and engines to processing paperwork, handling weapons and flying the aircraft.
Geisen is playing an important part 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.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Geisen and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
Serving in the Navy, Geisen is learning about being a more respectable leader, Sailor, and person through handling numerous responsibilities.
“Being an aviator in the Navy is more than just flying; it is being a leader to the men and women who serve our country. It is a unique experience that few can experience. I am proud that I get the honor to do it,” said Geisen.