Clarkston native serves aboard USS Essex
Marisa Lloyd

Clarkston native serves aboard USS Essex

U.S Navy

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - A Clarkston, Washington, native is serving aboard USS Essex, a U.S. Navy Wasp class amphibious assault ship.

Airman Christian Boiser joined the Navy for the opportunity it provides.

"As a first generation serving in the military in my family, I aspire to be a good example for my niece and nephews," said Boiser. 

According to Boiser, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Clarkston.

"In Clarkston, I learned to have good work ethics and to have a positive attitude," said Boiser.

Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Essex is the second ship in the Wasp-class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships and the fifth ship named for Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex was a 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat of the U.S. Army and later U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

According to Navy officials, amphibious assault ships are designed to deliver U.S. Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts. Designed to be versatile, the ship has the option of simultaneously using helicopters, Harrier jets, and Landing Craft Air Cushioned, as well as conventional landing craft and assault vehicles in various combinations.

"My favorite part my job is the leadership skills that it has helped me develop,” said Boiser. 

Though there are many opportunities for sailors to earn recognition in their command, community and careers, Boiser is most proud of earning warfare qualifications early.

“I’m most proud of earning my enlisted air and surface warfare qualifications as an airman.” said Boiser.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Boiser, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

"Serving in the Navy means giving back to the country which opened its doors to me as an immigrant," added Boiser. “It has given me the ability to achieve the American dream.”

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