East Ascension grad applauded by U.S. Navy

East Ascension grad applauded by U.S. Navy
Chief Petty Officer Johnnie Kelley graduated from East Ascension High School in 2003 and now serves with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy's newest and most advanced helicopter. (Source: U.S. Navy)

GONZALES, La. (WAFB) - The United States Navy says a graduate of East Ascension High School in Gonzales is now helping to keep the Navy’s most advance helicopters flying.

In the Navy’s published profile piece on Chief Petty Officer Johnnie Kelley, he says he learned teamwork from his Louisiana roots.

“My hometown taught me compassion and teamwork,” said Kelley. "If my town has a hurricane or hardship we rally together and help everyone regardless of their background. I use this very often in my military service as I work with different individuals from different regions of the country to accomplish our goals."

Click here to read the Navy’s full report.

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