Hide caption LEMOORE, Calif. — A 1991 Jasper County High graduate and Hardeeville native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron, which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.
Command Master Chief Quincy Bentley is a command master chief with the Fighting Redhawks of VFA 22, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. A Navy command master chief is responsible for the welfare of the sailors and making sure everyone is treated well and has all the opportunities for success.
“I have learned hard work and determination,” Bentley said. “I’ve also learned to never let anyone tell you you can’t do something.”
Members of VFA 22 work with the F/A 18 Super Hornet, one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers at sea and is capable of conducting air-to-air combat as well as striking targets on land. It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 lbs., and a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour.
Operating from sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time. The versatile jet has the ability to destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders.
“Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, is the heart of Naval Aviation,” said Capt. James S. Bates, Deputy Commodore, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific. “The sailors assigned to SFWP always exceed expectations and produce amazing results through team work and dedication to their department, squadron, the U.S. Navy and their family. Naval Aviation is a challenging occupation, but our sailors work day in and day out to provide fully mission capable aircraft and fully qualified aircrew to ensure leadership is able to answer national level tasking. I am humbled to be able to lead the sailors of SFWP and I am proud to call Lemoore my home.”
Bentley has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“I have quite a few family members in the military,” said Bentley.
What Bentley likes the most about this command is the atmosphere
“Family values and caring for each other is something the commanding officer really pushes for,” said Bentley. “That is the one thing that sticks out to me the most – how the sailors stick to the vision of caring for each other.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Bentley 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 allows me to contribute and ensure that I am making the world safe for my kids and protecting the country for the next generation,” Bentley said.