Airman Will Smith, an Erie native, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Airborne Command and Control Squadron 120 supporting the E-2D carrier airborne early warning aircraft known as the Hawkeye. 

Smith joined the Navy three years ago, and serves as an aviation electrician technician. 

Smith said he relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Erie to succeed in the military. 

The Hawkeye is known as the Navy's digital quarterback, it gives the warfighter expanded battlespace awareness. 

Aircraft carriers are often the first response to a global crisis because of their ability to operate freely in international waters. 

The Airman said serving in the Navy means being part of a team that is taking on new importance in America's focus of strengthening alliances, modernizing capabilities, increasing capacities and maintaining military readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

Smith commends himself on being a very dependable man, and for always being there for other sailors or family in need. 

The U.S. Navy said as Smith and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country.