Jefferson City native serves  with Navy’s ‘Island Knights’

Hospitalman Nolan Turner is hospital corpsman serving with HSC 25, known as the “Island Knights,” a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopter.

A Jefferson City native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25.

Hospitalman Nolan Turner is serving with HSC 25, known as the “Island Knights,” a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopter.

A hospital corpsman is a search and rescue medical technician. They are the primary medical provider for the unit and always on call to provide support when needed. Turner credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Jefferson City.

“I learned the importance of staying focused and keeping my eye on long-term goals,” Turner said.

HSC-25 is the first and only forward-deployed vertical replenishment squadron in the Navy and is tasked with supporting Seventh Fleet units in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and Persian Gulf. To provide this support, HSC-25 embarks two-aircraft detachments aboard Military Sealift Command vessels which provide transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition to sustain U.S. forces worldwide. They are the only Navy squadron based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

In addition to VERTREP, HSC-25 provides 24-hour search-and-rescue/medical evacuation services for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Averaging more than 30 rescues and 70 MEDEVACs per year, HSC-25 also conducts airborne firefighting using externally-carried buckets, vertical onboard delivery, drone and torpedo recovery, special operations airborne support and fleet logistics support for all military activities in the Guam area, including the Maritime Prepositioned Ships operating in the local area.

“Guam is one of the most active search and rescue stations in the Navy,” Turner said. “We conduct a variety of missions on a regular basis.”

According to officials at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the ships, submarines, aircraft and Navy personnel forward-deployed to Guam are part of the world’s largest fleet command and serve in a region critical to U.S. national security. The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompasses 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.

There are more than 200 ships and submarines, nearly 1,200 aircraft and more than 130,000 uniformed and civilian personnel serving in the Pacific.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Turner is most proud of conducting a medical evacuation mission.

“We were able to rescue the person and he survived the injuries he sustained,” said Turner.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Turner and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving to me is being a part of a bigger, unified team and giving me the opportunity to do a job I truly enjoy,” Turner said.