A Greenville woman serving in the U.S. Navy is participating in a multinational training exercise this week in the Baltic Sea region.
According to the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brittany Mozingo, of Greenville, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 2019) exercise, involving the U .S. and 18 other nations.
Mozingo is an Information Systems Technician aboard the Blue Ridge-class amphibious ship USS Mount Whitney, which is serving as the Command Ship for this exercise.
Mozingo is excited about the opportunity to train with sailors and soldiers from other nations.
“I am looking forward to seeing all the different countries come together in a single exercise,,“ she siad. “We get to function as an international team, which is meaningful.“
Mozingo credits her success in the Navy to the lessons she learned growing up in Greenville.
“I was raised with southern hospitality, which means that I am always there for others,” Mozingo said. “I try to be like my mom in that I am always willing to listen and support.”
Sailors have many paths to advance their Navy careers, but Mozingo says she is most proud of acclimating to her new command and using her experiences to grow.
“I had a tough time with the transition,” said Mozingo. “I felt lost and wasn’t making the best decisions. But I am proud of who I became during my three years on the ship. I’ve grown and matured as a person on Whitney through the mentorship and lessons from my peers and chiefs. One of my chiefs cared deeply for my development, and she inspired me to become like her. She was an example of confidence and relatability.”
“Serving in the Navy means that I have pride defending the country,” said Mozingo. “When I put on the uniform, I desire to be better and serving helps me do that.”
BALTOPS 2019, scheduled for June 8-21, includes safety training exercises in water, air, and on land, focusing on cooperation among military forces from different nations to keep the world’s seas safe.
The exercise will begin in Kiel, Germany, with the pre-sail conference. At-sea training will occur throughout the Baltic Sea, including events scheduled near Putlos, Germany; Saaremaa Island, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; and Ravlunda, Sweden. At the end of the exercise, most participating ships will sail to Kiel, Germany, to participate in the Kielerwochen Festival (Kiel Week).
Nations participating in BALTOPS 2019 include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NATO partner nations Finland and Sweden will also participate in the exercise.
The command ship, Mount Whitney, is named for the 14,505-foot peak in the Sierra-Nevada range in California, the highest point in the lower continental United States.