Bayonne native serves at Naval Air Technical Center

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Pinson said Bayonne instilled in him the values needed to succeed in the Navy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Pinson, a Bayonne native, is currently serving in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Pensacola, Florida.

According to the Navy Office of Community Outreach, NATTC’s mission is to provide “world class professional aviation warriors” to the Navy fleet supporting combat readiness across the globe, while “taking good care of our people, families and being good neighbors and stewards in the city of Pensacola and the surrounding region.”

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The Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, Naval Education and Training Command recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled war fighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.

The center’s leaders and experts develop, deliver, and leverage technology to optimize performance of the Navy, Marine Corps, and foreign national students, according to the Navy. The center provides the most up-to-date and relevant training available to sailors and Marines to ensure Naval aviation’s success.

Students at NATTC are taught the requirements and skills needed to be successful in their new careers. NATTC instructors are experts in the subject matter they teach, and they provide cutting-edge technical training that transforms students into mission-ready sailors.

As an instructor at NATTC, Pinson is serving among sailors and Marines developing the skills needed to be successful naval aviation war fighters. Pinson joined the Navy eight years ago, and today serves as an aviation ordnance man.

Bayonne born and bred

“I joined the Navy in search of better opportunities and to start a solid foundation,” said Pinson.

According to Pinson, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Bayonne.

“Growing up, I learned how to have a strong backbone and to always stand up for yourself,” he added.

Serving in the Navy means Pinson is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy, according to the Navy.

“The Navy covers all the military platforms and we are extremely flexible; we do it all,” he said.

Pinson and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“I really enjoy being an instructor because I have a direct impact on sailors before they go to the fleet,” he said.

As Pinson and other sailors continue to train and perform the mission they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

Pinson concluded: “My service within the Navy directly represents the community where I am from and the culture of New Jersey.”

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