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Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiffany Davenport is an aviation boastwain's mate (handling) and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate serving at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo submitted)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A 2009 Anderson County High School graduate and Lawrenceburg native, supports the training of naval aviation personnel and air operations.
 
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiffany Davenport is an aviation boatswain's mate (handling) and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate serving at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. 

A Navy aviation boatswain's mate plays a major part in launching and recovering naval aircraft quickly and safely from land and ships. A sexual assault victim advocate is responsible for processing and maintaining instructions and administrative requirements for all military and civilian personnel and advocating for all victims of sexual assault.
 
Davenport credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Lawrenceburg. 

“Playing sports taught me hard work ethic and discipline, which I apply daily in my Navy career,” Davenport said. 

The flight training program is approximately 18 months, due to the increased complexity of today's aircraft. Currently, Training Air Wing FOUR produces approximately 600 newly qualified aviators each year. Naval Air Station is also home to Corpus Christi Army Depot, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi and nearly 40 other tenant commands. 

“The mission of Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, is to provide the best possible service and facilities to our customers with pride,” said Fifi Kieschnick, public affairs officer of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. 

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.

Davenport plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy. 

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Davenport is most proud of making the rank of petty officer second class. 

“When I made this rank, I was the only one out of 3,000 sailors serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln who made second class,” Davenport said. 

Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Davenport, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Davenport is honored to carry on the family tradition. 

“Both my grandfathers served during the Korean War, one in the Air Force and the other in the Army,” Davenport said. “It's nice to follow in their footsteps serving our country but also nice to make my own tradition of being the first family member to serve in the Navy. Go Navy!”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Davenport and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. 

“Serving in the Navy means doing something bigger than myself and being a part of a team regardless, of your background or culture,” Davenport said. "Everyone comes together for the overall success of the command mission.” 

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