WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A North Brunswick High School graduate is taking part in a NATO mission as part of the U.S. Navy.
Petty Officer 1st Class Adozoh Kennedy is assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook.
The ship is one of four destroyers deployed to Rota, Spain .
"The best part about serving in Spain is being able to experience a different culture and see things I wouldn't see otherwise," said Kennedy.
The destroyers are participating in a NATO ballistic missile defense mission while also serving missions to support the "security of Europe."
"U.S. Navy Aegis ballistic missile defense provides scalability, flexibility and mobility," Navy officials said in a release. "These systems are equally beneficial to U.S. assets, allies and regional partners in all areas of the world. Positioning four ballistic missile defense ships in Spain provides an umbrella of protection to forward-deployed forces, friends and allies while contributing to a broader defense of the United States."
Serving in the armed forces is a family tradition for Kennedy.
"I have a sister in the Army and countless family members who have served in the military," said Kennedy. "They always talked about a sense of pride and doing something bigger than themselves."