Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryton Mutz is a boatswain’s mate aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur, operating out of San Diego. Submitted photo. SAN DIEGO, CA – A Brainerd native and 2013 Brainerd High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Decatur.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryton Mutz is a boatswain’s mate aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
A Navy boatswain’s mate is responsible for directing personnel in deck evolutions ranging from supply and fuel onloads to getting underway.
Mutz credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Brainerd.
“I learned that regardless of the situation, never give up,” said Mutz. “My hometown has given me a lot of drive and determination to keep pushing toward my goals.”
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“My hometown has given me a lot of drive and determination to keep pushing toward my goals.” – Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryton Mutz
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More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and their jobs are highly specialized, requiring dedication and skill, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignment that keep the ship mission-ready at all times.
“The success of the Decatur is due to the dedication and ownership each member of the crew feels towards making Decatur the best ship on the waterfront,” said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, commanding officer of USS Decatur. “Our team is always ready to accomplish the mission because of the commitment each sailor has to maintaining high standards and sound shipboard operating principles. Every team member knows their roles and responsibilities and does their part to ensure success.”
Destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. They are 510 feet long and armed with tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, Standard Missile-3 and newer variants of the SM missile family, advanced gun systems and close-in gun systems.
The ship has anti-aircraft capability armed with long range missiles intended for air defense to counter the threat to friendly forces posed by manned aircraft, anti-ship, cruise and tactical ballistic missiles.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Mutz, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Mutz is honored to carry on that family tradition.“My grandfather served in the Navy, and he influenced me in joining,” said Mutz. “He was always a really cool guy and I always wanted to be like him.”As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Mutz 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 an opportunity to learn and grow while doing something that is bigger than yourself,” added Mutz.— — —By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach Farmers look to Washington with concern Ag lawmakers ready for farm bill negotiations Live Music […]