A 2003 Littlestown High School graduate and Littlestown native is serving with a U.S. Navy team that supports one of the Navy’s most advanced aircraft, one with an important mission, keeping watch over the skies and oceans of the world.
Chief Petty Officer Keith Lentzner is an aviation electrician’s mate serving with MQ-25 Fleet Introduction Team, which operates out of Norfolk, Va. As a Navy aviation electrician’s mate, Lentzner is responsible for the integration of the MQ-25 drone into the Navy.
Lentzner credits his success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Littlestown.
“I was taught to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and you can understand their perspective,” said Lentzner. “Someone’s experiences don’t directly relate to you. You have to overcome and adapt in the Navy.”
Members of the team plan, track and execute the introduction of the Stingray to the fleet to include training, personnel, supplies and facilities.
The Stingray will be an aerial refueling drone that will deliver a refueling capability to make better use of the Navy’s combat strike fighters and extend the range of aircraft carriers. It will enhance carrier capability and versatility for the Joint Forces Commander through the integration of a persistent, sea-based aerial refueling unmanned aircraft system into the carrier air wing.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Lentzner and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy to me has meant that through my perspective and my way of life I have been able to positively influence others to be better at their jobs and even themselves,” said Lentzner.