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Newnan Native supports Navy’s Eyes and Ears in the Sky

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A 2003 Newnan High School graduate and Newnan, Geargia, native is serving with a U.S. Navy team that supports one of the Navy’s most advanced aircraft, one with an important mission: keeping watch over the skies and oceans of the world.

Chief Petty Officer Alex Doughty is an aviation electrician’s mate serving with E-2D Fleet Introduction Team, which operates out of Norfolk, Virginia. As a Navy aviation electrician’s mate, Doughty is responsible for supervising squadron maintenance.

Doughty credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Newnan.

“I started working at 15 so I learned the importance of a strong work ethic,” said Doughty.

Members of the team plan, track and execute the transition of the Hawkeye Community to the E-2D to include training, personnel, supplies, and facilities.

The Hawkeye takes off from and lands aboard Navy aircraft carriers at sea. Using powerful radar and an array of advanced sensors, the twin-turboprop aircraft and its crew of five can remain in the air for hours, scanning the skies, detecting potential airborne and surface threats and relaying real-time information to other Navy aircraft and ships operating in the area.

Navy aircraft provide the Navy with a variety of other capabilities as well, including the ability to conduct search and rescue operations, communications relay, close air support coordination and drug interdiction. The Hawkeye can fly at nearly 350 mph at altitudes up to 30,000 feet.

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.

Doughty is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of 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.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Doughty is most proud of being a part of a tour in Afghanistan doing detainee operations.

“There I supported an important mission and actually contributed to a bigger mission,” said Doughty.

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Doughty, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Doughty is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“Both of my brothers and dad served in the Army,” said Doughty.

According to Navy officials, with just a handful of sailors assigned to the team, jobs are highly specialized and demand each sailor’s utmost efforts to keep each part of the Hawkeye and Greyhound communities running smoothly. This includes training new aviators, maintaining airframes and engines, or handling and flying the aircraft.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Doughty 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 is about doing things others will never get the opportunity to do,” added Doughty. “There are a lot of places you can go in the Navy.”

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Alice Ridley-Teal
Six-time STAR teacher, Alice taught Advanced Placement English, literature, composition, speech and theater for over twenty years, part of which time she also served as Director of Admissions, Development, Public Relations, and Alumni at Oak Mountain Academy. She is the managing partner of Ridley-Teal Properties and content editor for the City Menus. She is a board member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing flute with the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.