A 2006 Yosemite High School graduate and Coarsegold native recently earned honors while serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Choate is an aircrew survival equipmentman with the Fighting Redcocks of VFA 22, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. A Navy aircrew survival equipmentman is responsible for taking care of oxygen systems, survival gear, antigravity suits and flight clothing.
“I grew up in a mountain town with country living where we were taught to work hard,” Choate said. “Our dedication to get things done in the Navy is important. I always find a way to get the job done.”
He recently earned a Navy Achievement Medal and was selected as the Sailor of the Quarter in 2018 for being the leading petty officer maintaining all 40 aircrew survival equipment spaces.
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.
“We are the best squadron on base,” said Choate. “There is a great family atmosphere and good camaraderie. You can tell they care. We take care of each other.
“Serving in the Navy means that I am making sure everyone is safe at home,” Choate said. “It means that my family is well taken care of.”