North Branch native enjoys serving his Country

The following information was a press release from the U.S. Navy, regarding a North Branch native who continues his service to his Country by serving on the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear aircraft carrier.

BREMERTON, WA – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Nicholas W. Brewer, a native of North Branch, Michigan, is serving in air department’s fuels division aboard Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and he is responsible for operating, maintaining, and performing organizational maintenance on aviation fueling and lubricating oil systems. In July, the hard work he has done for his department was recognized when he was selected for Blue Jacket of the Quarter (BJOQ), an award that is given to Sailors who go above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrate the highest standards of work ethic and military bearing.

“I work with the jets on the flight deck,” said Brewer. “I make sure they are fueled and that all operating systems involved are up and running. Another large part of my job firefighting, not only on the ship but aircraft firefighting as well.”

Brewer’s Navy journey began in May 2018. He said his military lineage and patriotism is what led to him considering this particular career path.

“I joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of my Dad and older brothers,” said Brewer. “I saw how much of a positive impact the military had on their lives, and I knew I could become a stronger individual and do something great and meaningful with my life.”

Brewer reported to Vinson in September 2018 and has been working very hard ever since to perform his job to the best of his abilities and stand out amongst his shipmates.

“I believe I was selected as BJOQ, because I am a hardworking and highly qualified airman,” said Brewer.

Brewer said he has enjoyed his Navy career so far and is grateful to have the support of his community back home.

“North Branch will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am proud to be from this little town,” said Brewer. “I am so grateful for my family and friends from there that have supported me through every step of my Navy career.”

After his time in the Navy is over, Brewer said he and his wife plan on getting a home in the Carolinas and rescuing as many animals as they can. He would also like to pursue a career as a full time firefighter or policeman.