Molino Native Serves As Member Of U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’

October 18, 2021

A Molino native is stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to all East Coast ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines.

Seaman Jackob Braun, a 2020 Northview High School graduate, joined the Navy this year.

“I did the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in high school and felt like the Navy was a solid foundation to continue my career,” said Braun.

Today, Braun serves as a missile technician, who is currently in training to learn about his job field.

According to Braun, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Molino.

“I learned values like honor, courage and commitment from my hometown,” said Braun. “I had self-discipline before boot camp, so I was prepared for what was to come.”

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

Fast-attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare.

The Navy’s ballistic-missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles.

Guided-missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Each SSGN is capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired through four torpedo tubes.

As a member of the submarine force, Braun is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.

Serving in the Navy means Braun is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy ensures national security through projection of power around the world,” said Braun. “We can’t do everything from the United States. We need ships around the world ready to take action when needed.”

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

“We do two big things here in King’s Bay: we send SSBNs on strategic deterrence patrols and we forward deploy our guided missile submarines overseas,” said Rear Adm. John Spencer, Commander, Submarine Group Ten. “This work is essential to uphold the number one mission of the Navy: strategic deterrence. And this is the only home port for both of these types of submarines on the East Coast.”

Strategic deterrence is the Nation’s ultimate insurance program, and for decades, Kings Bay has been home to Ohio Class SSBN ballistic-missile submarines. Beginning in 2028, the new Columbia Class ballistic-missile submarines will arrive and provide continuous sea-based strategic deterrence into the 2080s.

As Braun and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“A lot of people don’t ever serve, but someone has to,” added Braun. “Someone has to step up. So many have served before us, and now it’s my turn.”

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy Office of Community Outreach. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Comments

13 Responses to “Molino Native Serves As Member Of U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’”

  1. Aaron Stone on October 20th, 2021 9:43 am

    As a former US Navy Nuclear Missile Technician 2nd Class Petty Officer qualified in Submarines, I salute your choice of career path. The training is rigorous and intense. You will learn great and terrible things about our weapons capability. You will serve with the greatest men and women on earth. Stand tall, work smart and hard. Always honor your oath. Give 110% effort with every breath and every heartbeat and you will be successful. Salute!

  2. Stuart on October 18th, 2021 8:46 pm

    Congratulations and Godspeed, sailor. Thank you for your service.

  3. William 2 on October 18th, 2021 4:54 pm

    It makes me proud to see young men and women step up to serve their country, in an all volunteer military, we choose to serve and sacrifice for our country while seeking a better life for own families through sacrifice.
    May the good Lord walk with each and every one of us, even the nonbelievers…Fair winds and Following seas to you all.

  4. The Baggetts on October 18th, 2021 2:50 pm

    Way to go, Jackob! Thank you for loving our country as you do!

  5. JUDY HEATH on October 18th, 2021 1:33 pm

    Nancy, I know you are very proud of your boys, and you have every right too! Thank you very much for yours and your brothers service!

  6. K. BRYANT on October 18th, 2021 1:13 pm

    So proud of this young man and his service! I watched he and his brother grow up since children in church, their parents should be very proud! Way to go Jackob!

  7. Laura S.Braun on October 18th, 2021 11:27 am

    We’re very proud of them and I keep them in my prayer each night. Thank you both for your service.

  8. Tammy on October 18th, 2021 9:48 am

    Thank you for your service!

  9. Susan Barnes on October 18th, 2021 9:05 am

    Thank you for your services young man may God bless you in all you do and be with you wherever you go my son was stationed there at Kings bay he was on a Submarine I loved it down there it’s so pretty and a nice place May God bless

  10. paul on October 18th, 2021 8:42 am

    Seaman Jackob Braun ,your choice to serve in the U.S. Naval service will open up many opportunities for you. Stay the course, your discipline and hard work will ensure your success in life. You are a fine example for others to follow. Wish you the best in life, and thank you for your dedication to our country. God Bless…

  11. Gayle Weaver on October 18th, 2021 8:22 am

    Your service and dedication is very much appreciated. You are a shining example of what America is all about. Thank you so very much for “stepping up.”

  12. Nancy Braun on October 18th, 2021 6:34 am

    Your dad and I are so proud of you son, we love you and pray for you daily, thank you for your service!

  13. James Moretz, LCDR, USN, Retired on October 18th, 2021 4:41 am

    Congratulations, Jacob! Thank you for your commitment and service to our nation.





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