A 2009 Clopton High School graduate and Bowling Green, Missouri, native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Firkus is a fire controlman (aegis) aboard the warship, based in Norfolk, Virginia. USS Mason is named after Secretary of the Navy John Young Mason and Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient Ensign Newton Henry Mason.
A Navy fire controlman (aegis) is responsible for maintaining spy radars and fire control and weapons systems.
“All the equipment that I work with is a learning experience,” Firkus said. “I get to learn how one system interacts with another.”
Firkus credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Bowling Green.
“I built a strong work ethic working long hours back home,” Firkus said. “I worked at a prison which was stressful and this helps me deal with times of stress that I may encounter here.”
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