A recent article from the Navy Office of Community Outreach featured Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Vickers from Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Vickers is a 2003 graduate of Ridley High School currently serving in the United States Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Milius.
Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Vickers is a culinary specialist aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of San Diego, California. As a Navy culinary specialist he is responsible for the cooks in the food service division ensuring all meals are prepared on time and properly.
“I enjoy the food preparation aspect of my job,” said Vickers. “I have a passion for food. If I weren’t in the Navy I would probably be a chef, so it’s a great opportunity to still do what I am passionate about.”
Commissioned in 1996, the USS Milius, with a crew of 300 is capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance.
Vickers is currently in his 13th year of service to the US Navy. His previous deployments included assignment to the USS Kitty Hawk based in Yokosuka, Japan and the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) based in San Diego, California. The Kitty Hawk, an aircraft carrier with a crew of 5,600, was decommissioned in 2009. The USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship with a crew of 2,800, was decommissioned in 2015.
“This command is a whole new experience for me,” said Vickers. “Before this I was on a carrier and an amphib which are huge crews. The camaraderie aboard smaller ships is one of the best things I have experienced in the Navy.”
“Serving in the Navy gives me a sense of pride,” added Vickers. “Being a part of the military is something my grandfather did, so I am able to carry on that tradition. I take pride in knowing that.”
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