A 2001 Kingman High School graduate and Kingman native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world's most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740).
Petty Officer 1st Class Brannon Ivey is a machinist's mate (nuclear) serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
A Navy nuclear machinist's mate is responsible for maintaining and operating a nuclear power plant aboard a submarine.
"I think these days my favorite part of what I do isn't as much doing the work, but teaching the junior sailors how to do things," said Ivey. "The more guys that I train to do my job, the better off the fleet will be."
Measuring 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighing more than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion system helps push the ship through the water at more than 20 knots.
The Navy's ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as "boomers," serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles if directed by the president.
The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major overhauls. On average, the submarines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in-port for maintenance.
"We demand the highest standards from our sailors - both professionally and personally," said Rear Adm. Randy Crites, commander of Submarine Group Ten in Kings Bay, Ga. "Petty Officer Ivey's chain of command, family and our great nation take immense pride in his devotion and service to his country. The importance of our sailors is immeasurable. People like Brannon Ivey are absolutely crucial to ensuring our ships and submarines are operating at their best - always mission-ready, providing our nation with the greatest Navy the world has ever known. I'm so very proud he is on our team."
"The Rhode Island has the best chain of command that I've ever had by far," said Ivey. "They've fostered an environment where we feel very cohesive and balanced between work time and personal time."
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied-upon assets, Ivey and other Rhode Island sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
"During my 14 years, I'd have to say that maturity and discipline are the things I'm most grateful to have gained from the Navy," said Ivey. "As much as I enjoy the paycheck and job security, I know that I've got a good head on my shoulders going forward."