A Vail native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Kearsarge. Petty Officer 3rd Class Madison Evans is an Interior Communications Electrician aboard the amphibious transport dock operating out of Norfolk. Kearsarge, one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious ships, is designed to deliver Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts.

“My father said if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten,” Evans said. “Mountain biking and skateboarding were some of the things I liked doing in Arizona.” Evans has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition. “My great uncle was in the Navy, and my grandfather served in the Army,” Evans said. “In the Navy, I’ve developed discipline, integrity, and character,” Evans said. “I’ve forged lasting relationships with fellow crewmembers while I continue to learn.”

Photo and story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tom Gagnier, Navy Office of Community Outreach.


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