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Gardnerville man strives for perfection in Navy

Staff reports

Perfection is a goal Michael A. Grafton strives for every day.

This attitude is critical for Grafton and the 210 officers and sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54), where every crew member’s job is important to the ship’s mission.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Grafton, the 23-year-old son of Vicki Hitchcock of Gardnerville and Kenneth Grafton III of Carson City, plays a vital role aboard the warship home ported in Everett, Wash.

With its ability to escort and protect convoys, underway replenishment groups, amphibious landing groups and carrier battle groups, Ford’s quick reaction and high speed capability make the warship a valuable asset in today’s multi-threat environment.

Grafton is an electronics technician who maintains, repairs and operates electronic equipment. Like many before him, Grafton’s career began with a visit to a Navy recruiter.

“I joined for world travel and college money,” said Grafton, a 1994 graduate of Douglas High School.

Since then, Grafton has found many aspects of his Navy career challenging and rewarding.

“I have enjoyed my experience in other countries, their cultures, the training and meeting my wife,” said Grafton, a five-year Navy veteran.

The quality work that Grafton and his shipmates deliver is proof that the Navy is capable of maintaining a presence throughout the world. The confidence to deliver such a promise is something Grafton and his shipmates take great pride in.

– This article was submitted by the Navy Public Affairs Center.