Why I Serve: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Edition

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment. For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different.

On our Nation’s 238th birthday, we are beginning the #WhyIServe campaign to provide our Sailors an opportunity to share their personal “why I serve” statements.

Our first #WhyIServe submissions are from USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

Last month, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered Bush to move from the North Arabian Sea into the Arabian Gulf to provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.

Lt. Kyle Copeland, from Columbus, Ohio, shares his #WhyIServe statement from the cockpit of an F/A-18C Hornet. Copeland is assigned to the "Golden Warriors" of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87), embarked aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

Lt. Kyle Copeland, from Columbus, Ohio, shares his #WhyIServe statement from the cockpit of an F/A-18C Hornet. Copeland is assigned to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven (VFA-87), embarked aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

American naval presence in the Arabian Gulf continues to support our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.

Sailors are invited to join the #WhyIServe campaign. Get on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ and using the hashtag #WhyIServe, share your photos, videos and statements with us. We may pick you for our next #WhyIServe blog!

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Why I Serve: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Edition