Oregon City native becomes expert in electronic warfare
Arianna Newton, a native of Oregon City, joined the U.S. Navy to find direction in life.
Now, three-and-a-half years later, Newton serves as an aviation structural mechanic with the Screaming Eagles, working with the Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft on Whidbey Island, Washington.
"The people at this command are fun, and I like my shop," Newton said.
Newton, a 2012 graduate of Oregon City High School, serves with Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 1, a high-tech maritime patrol squadron tasked with monitoring the world's oceans.
"I'm responsible for maintaining the body of the P-8 aircraft," Newton said.
Newton credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Oregon City.
"I was very shy growing up and so I learned the importance of humility," Newton said. "It's helped me be more careful and not be too full of myself, which benefits me while serving."
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 1's mission includes long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and intelligence-gathering missions. They deploy around the world's oceans wherever they are needed.
The P-8A Poseidon, the Navy's newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, is a replacement aircraft for the legacy P-3C Orion. According to Navy officials, leveraging the experience and technology of the successful P-3C Orion with the needs of the fleet, the P-8A is designed to be combat-capable, and to improve an operator's ability to efficiently conduct anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The P-8A has a planned state-of-the-art open architecture mission system and next-generation sensors, along with phased-in technological improvements that extend global reach, payload capacity and higher-operating altitude.
"It's just cool being able to work on the aircraft," Newton said.
Another OCHS grad, Mason C. Winton recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The 2018 graduate of OCHS earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
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