(MECHANICSBURG, Pa.) – Family and a call for service brought Lt. Carlos Londono to the Navy, through the ranks as an Aviation Electronics Technician, and to the Supply Corps, where he now serves as a project officer developing onboard information technology solutions for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC).
“My parents came to America looking for a better life, and I think that’s part of why I feel such a strong call to serve my country and my community,” said Londono. “As a Hispanic American, I am part of a long tradition of people who have kept our country strong and free. It is an honor for me to serve as a Naval Officer and to carry on this legacy.
Londono, a native of Miami, Fla., Attended emergency medical technician school and graduated from the Miami-Dade Firefighter Academy, certifying him as a state firefighter, before joining the Navy. After becoming a father, he decided to enlist.
“I wanted to set an example for my children by serving my country and my community,” he said. “The Navy is always there to protect our country, whether we are at war or not. I wanted to be part of it. “
Following in the footsteps of his father who served in the Marine Corps after emigrating from Colombia, Londono enlisted in 2009.
After basic training, he completed Aviation Electronics Technician School “A”, Calibration Technician School “C”, and was assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush. (CVN 77).
Aboard Bush, Londono deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
“My deployments have taught me a lot about the seafaring profession and have reinforced the importance of the Navy in deterrence and freedom of navigation,” he said. “It felt good to see how well we were received when we were making port calls and how much the locals really appreciated what we were doing. It reinforced my decision to pursue a career in the Navy.
While serving as Calibration Laboratory Supervisor, overseeing ancillary task inspections and quality assurance, he was promoted to 2nd Class Aviation Electronics Technician and selected for the duty of Naval Instructor. Air Technical Training Center, in Pensacola, Florida.
“Teaching at school A was a rewarding experience. I was proud to be a part of the birthplace of aviation and teaching the next generation of sailors, ”he said.
While on shore, Londono also served as Escambia County Volunteer Firefighter.
“It is extremely important for me to serve or help the community. I always felt the call to help others in need, I looked at first responders or anyone in danger to help others, ”he said.
While stationed at Pensacola, Londono was promoted to First Class Aviation Electronics Technician, earned his BA in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and met his wife who was serving in the military at the time.
“I finished my studies in 2016 and decided to pursue a commission in the Navy. I have learned so much from officers in my career and wanted to be part of that legacy, ”he said.
In March 2017, Londono was selected for a commission as an officer in the Navy Supply Corps and completed the Officer Candidate School and the Naval Supply Corps School in Newport, Rhode Island.
“When I considered my options, I remembered a saying that I heard a lot during my time aboard the aircraft carrier: ‘You can’t fly without refueling’. I saw first-hand the vital role the Supply Corps played in activating the fighter, so it was an easy choice for me, ”he said.
Londono’s first posting as an officer was aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73), based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he provided logistical support and services to more than 350 Sailors .
“This mission taught me a lot about the role of the Supply Corps in the Navy and the challenges of preparing a ship for deployment. I have seen the real-world embodiment of a quote heard during Supply Corps School, “There is nothing more powerful than a Supply Officer with a cell phone.” My sailors and I did whatever was necessary to complete the mission. We couldn’t have done it without the strong network of officers in the Navy Supply Corps, ”he said.
On board Port Royal, Londono became familiar with systems managed by NAVSUP BSC such as the Navy Hazardous Stock Control System (HICS) and Food Service Management (FSM).
“I was aware [NAVSUP BSC] the expertise and vital role they play in keeping on-line supply systems on board ships. They were always there to help us when needed, ”he said.
Londono reported to NAVSUP BSC in May 2020 and was assigned as a project manager for the HICS / FSM team during maximum telecommuting posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s tough every time you learn a new job in the IT world, but when everyone is working remotely, it adds a whole new challenge. I didn’t have that shoulder to look on or the person next to ask for help, ”he said. “It forced me to find new ways to learn and become an asset to the team. It reminded me that the mission is achievable no matter what the challenge.
“I want to apply this mindset to future tours, keep an open mind and find solutions that will continue to support the Navy, our mission partners and the fighter,” he said.
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the Navy celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and positive influence of the Hispanic military. Hispanic Americans have served in the Navy throughout our country’s history, dating back to the Civil War, occupying all ranks, from sailor to admiral, and every profession, from fighter pilot to nuclear engineer.
NAVSUP BSC and the Navy are empowered by diversity and showcase patriots of Hispanic American descent like Lieutenant Carlos Londono who continue to build a legacy of freedom and diversity as they fight for the security of the country and the peace in the world.
For more information on Hispanic American heritage in the Navy, visit https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/hispanic-americans-in-the-navy.html.
For more information on NAVSUP BSC, visit https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/navsup/bsc/.
|Date posted:||20.09.2021 09:22|
|Site:||MECANICSBURG, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Hometown:||MIAMI, Florida, United States|
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