Southgate native supports naval aviation modernization

Photo courtesy of the Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Booth, a Southgate native, is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Photo courtesy of the Navy Office of Community Outreach
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Booth, a Southgate native, is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

By Lt. JILL RYAN
Navy Office of Community Outreach

LEMOORE, Calif. – An Anderson High School graduate and Southgate native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Booth works as a aircrew survival equipmentman and operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.

Booth is responsible for aviation flight equipment.

“I like the opportunity to work with naval aviators,” Booth said. “Working with these pilots has been a great experience.”

“Lemoore has been home to the Navy’s west coast strike fighter community since 1980, when strike fighter squadron VFA-125 was the first squadron established to train Navy and Marine Corps aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet,” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces.

The strike fighter wing, headquartered at NAS Lemoore, ensures that each squadron is fully combat-ready to conduct carrier-based, all-weather, attack, fighter and support missions for the Pacific Fleet.

“The command is really about the people here,” Booth said. “We go out of our way to help each other out.”

With the CSFWP consisting of more than 20 squadrons, highly specialized jobs range from training new aviators to maintaining airframes and engines, to handling and flying aircraft.

“The most important thing that I have learned in the Navy is to pay attention to detail,” Booth said. “It is important to check every last detail because the slightest error can make a big difference.”