Airman Lisa Hill, a Miami native, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.
Airman Hill is an aviation electronics technician serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. A Navy aviation electronics technician is responsible for the repair of a wide range of aircraft electrical and electronic systems.
“I like my job because it is fast paced and I like being under pressure,” Hill said.
According to Navy officials, Wing 11’s history and reputation remain unparalleled since being commissioned on Aug. 15, 1942. Throughout the decades, Wing 11 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Beginning in the 1960s, the P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P-2V Neptune fleet.
After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet, according to Navy officials.
The P-8A is a modified Boeing airframe featuring a fully connected, state-of-the-art, open architecture mission system designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Navy officials explained.
“The U.S. Navy sometimes asks the impossible of our people. It is sailors that make the impossible possible,” said Capt. Anthony Corapi, Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. “Airman Hill is one example of a selfless servant of our nation. These heroes ask for very little recognition and perform their daily job with pride and professionalism defending freedom and our way of life around the world. Each member of the Navy’s combat team is crucial to our success. I am very proud to have Airman Hill on our team!”
Hill is part of a crew that began a transition to the P-8A Poseidon in 2014. Earlier this year, squadron VP-45 entered the Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle in preparation for their first deployment as a P-8A squadron.
“I enjoy working at this command because personnel are helpful with qualifications and teaching you about the systems and getting ready for the next rank,” Hill said. “Basically, they help you through your job.”
According to Navy officials, the Navy continues to meet milestone after milestone on this world-class mission and is providing an aircraft with superior capabilities to the men and women in uniform that will have a lasting legacy promoting a global maritime strategy.
“The Navy taught me that I am a better leader than I thought and I can direct people for mission accomplishment and personal success,” Hill said.