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Northmont Grad Serves Aboard One of Navy’s Most Versatile Combat Warships

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy Office of Community Outreach 


A 1994 Northmont High School graduate and Dayton, Ohio, native provides key support as part of combat operations aboard Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, stationed at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Fogel serves as a navy counselor who acts like a guidance counselor or human resource specialist guiding sailors through their career options.

Fogel credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Dayton.

“I learned to be honest,” said Fogel. “My dad taught me to be honest, be humble and be respectful. That is definitely useful in the Navy.”

LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused- platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The ship’s technological benefits allow for swapping mission packages quickly, meaning sailors can support multiple missions, such as surface warfare, mine warfare, or anti-submarine warfare. Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.

According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping onboard.

Fogel is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy our nation needs.

“My wife is a chief on a ship here,” said Fogel. “My dad was in the Air Force and my uncle was in the Army in Vietnam. Our family’s military history goes back pre-revolutionary war.”

Fogel said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.

“I enjoy helping people,” said Fogel. “In my job, being able to help people on a daily basis gives me a great deal of pride.”

Fogel is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“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.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Fogel and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

Serving in the Navy, Fogel is learning about being a more respectable leader, sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities.

“I have met so many great people” said Fogel. “The people you meet become your family. We would do anything for each other. You have a core group of people in your life who will be with you through thick and thin.”

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