SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KOLO)-- Yerington native Elizabeth Lillig-Gruesser said she joined the Navy to leave her small town and travel the world.
Three years later she serves with a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3, working with one of the Navy’s most advanced helicopters, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Navy Outreach reported last month.
“I love the adrenaline that pumps through me when I am doing my job,” Lillig-Gruesser told Navy Outreach interviewer Megan Brown.
Lillig-Gruesser, a 2017 Fernley High School graduate, is an aviation boatswain’s mate responsible for signaling and landing planes and helicopters. She earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Pilots and aircrew are trained to fly MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopters to ensure they are prepared for peacetime and warfighting missions, Navy Outreach said. Helicopters are equipped with the ability to conduct replenishments at sea, search and rescue missions and support other operations as needed.
“Serving in the Navy means I am not in a small town and doing the same thing everyone else is doing,” Lillig-Gruesser told Navy Outreach.
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