A 2015 John P. Stevens High School graduate and North Brunswick native is serving in the U.S. Navy supporting nuclear-powered, fast-attack, submarines homeported in and visiting the Groton, Connecticut, area.
Seaman Apprentice Anthony Un is an information systems technician (IT), responsible for the computers and networks in the Navy.
“The best part of my job is that it’s an interesting field that I’ve found pretty easy to pick up,” Un said.
Reflecting on the time he lived in New Jersey, Un described the values he learned that continue to help him in the Navy.
“My hometown is very diverse, so it was easy for me to work in the Navy where there are a lot of different people from different backgrounds,” he said.
Naval Submarine Support Center, New London (NSSCNLON) provides administrative and support functions to approximately 20 submarines. The command provides support in the fields of administration, medical, legal, chaplain, supply, combat systems, engineering, communications and operations to improve readiness of submarines in the Groton area.
“The U.S. Navy submarine force has one of the highest operational tempos in the U.S. Navy and NSSCNLON plays a vital role in helping Groton-based submarines maintain their excellent readiness,” Commander Brian J. Nowak of NSSCNLON said. “The warfighters operating the submarines at the tip of the spear, and those who are building the Navy’s newest nuclear powered submarines can only do so because of the vast network of support they receive from the shore side. The professional sailors and civilians at NSSCNLON serve a key role in that network. I am honored that I get to serve every day with outstanding sailors like Un.”
Un is proud of graduating from A school (Navy technical training) in 2017 because that is when he officially became an IT.
“I will be serving on a surface ship, but I’m currently serving at Base Consolidated Telecommunication here at Groton,” he said.
Supporting the high operational tempo and unique challenges of the submarine force build strong fellowship and a strong sense of mission, according to Navy officials.
“Serving in the Navy fills me with a lot of pride,” Un said. “Many times when I go to the airport, I have people thanking me for my service. It’s very rewarding.”
This article was written by Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs.