NORFOLK, Va. - A Brenham, Texas, native and Brenham High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason.
Seaman Colby Colvin is an operations specialist aboard the destroyer operating out of the Navy’s largest base. A Navy operations specialist is responsible for providing information to the command by tracking surface and air contacts.
“My grandpa owned a ranch,” Colvin said. “Working on it with him helped me develop a solid work ethic.”
More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and their jobs are highly specialized. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times, according to Navy officials.
Navy guided-missile destroyers like USS Mason are multi-mission ships that can operate independently or as part of a larger group of ships at sea. They are equipped with tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and a phalanx close-in weapons system.
Colvin has military ties with family members who have previously served, and is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My grandfather served in the Army and had an uncle who was an officer in the Navy,” Colvin said. “They both inspired me.”
“I enjoy being a part of a team and having each others' backs,” said Colvin. “Here on USS Mason we all know that we need each other to get the job done right.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Colvin and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I haven’t been here long,” Colvin said. “The people here have made me feel welcome and part of this crew since arriving.”