A Pasay City native is among the US Navy personnel serving at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor who on Wednesday will
mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on December 7, 1941 that drew the United States into World War II.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Aquino, a native of Pasay and a 2007 graduate of Ednas School of San Carlos City, Pangasinan, is assigned to the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet Headquarters.
According to the fleet’s website, the US Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, covering 100 million square miles, or nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States to the Indian Ocean. The fleet consists of approximately 200 ships and submarines, nearly
1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians.
Pearl Harbor itself is the home port for 11 surface ships, 19 nuclear-powered submarines, and more than 19,000 Navy personnel.
Aquino’s duties at Pearl Harbor involve managing logistics and supply, primarily for the fleet’s aircraft.
“Serving in Hawaii, as my home state, gives me pride,” said Aquino in an e-mail. “I’m originally from the Philippines, but I like protecting my home state.”
“The thing I like the most about my job is expediting all the parts and items,” he said about his work for the Navy. “If I got the part to its destination earlier than expected, I know that the aircraft could be mission ready sooner.”
Aquino’s superior officer, Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift, stressed the importance of Pearl Harbor in America’s defense strategy and efforts to maintain peace and stability in the vast region. “The Pacific is home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, many US allies, several of the world’s largest militaries, and some of the largest economies in the world,” the admiral said in a statement.
The US Navy bases about 60 percent of its ships and aircraft in the region.
“It’s important for those of us serving in Pearl Harbor today to remember the sacrifice of those who served before us,” added Swift “The important work we do everyday honors those who were here 75 years ago and is a testament to the enduring value of our navy’s mission.”