A 2016 Bothell High School graduate and Bothell, Washington native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the premier naval air installation in the Pacific Northwest region.
Airman Darrel V. Geertgens is an aviation machinist's mate serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10.
A Navy aviation machinist's mate is responsible for managing the tools needed by the command to be used on the P-3C aircraft.
“I like everything about my job,” said Geertgens. “I like being able to be a part of working on the aircraft engines.”
According to Navy officials, Wing 10 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Geertgens is part of a crew striving to be the best Naval Aviation Wing in the United States, according to Navy Officials. Their mission is to safely build and maintain a team of sailors capable of conducting prompt and sustained combat operations.
“Serving in the Navy means carrying on a tradition,” Geertgens added. “My grandfather was in the Navy and for me serving gives me a chance to follow in his footsteps.”