Pinoy among crew members of US Navy's most advanced warship
A Quezon City native is among the crew members aboard the PCU Gerald R. Ford, the lead ship of the US Navy supercarriers and its most technologically advanced warship.
Lt. Cmdr. Jerry Timog serves as assistant maintenance officer for the carrier's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD). He joined the US Navy in 1987 under the Philippine Recruitment Program, which ended in 1991.
At the AIMD, Timog provides the carrier shipboard calibration requirements, hangar bay and flight deck support, and weapons/ordnance support.
AIMD also provides uninterrupted maintenance capabilities to the carrier's aircraft strike group to allow it to carry out missions.
Timog, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering degree from Mapua Institute of Technology, said he felt it was his personal responsibility to pass on his knowledge and 29 years of experience to "the next generation of warfighters."
"The challenges we face in our times are unprecedented and it is my intention to contribute to the fullest in preparing our younger sailors to meet whatever contingencies come along the way," he said.
Foremost of his students is his eldest son, Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Joshua Timog, who now serving onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
His youngest son John plans to follow in his father and brother's footsteps by enlisting as a Navy supply officer following his graduation from the California State University.
Prior to his assignment to PCU Gerald R. Ford, Timog managed 282 military, civil service and contractor personnel at the Fleet Readiness Center Middle Atlantic Detachment – Patuxent River.
His work at the maintenance center for aircrafts lead it to being recognized as the Chief of Naval Operation’s nominee for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News