Living in a military town gives me an opportunity to highlight our local heroes, so congrats to Avionics Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Jonathan Powell, who was recently photographed in action aboard the USS America while conducting maintenance on an MH-60S Sea Hawk in the Philippine Sea.

Powell is a Temple native, and like so many Central Texans he's currently serving our country overseas. In Powell's case, it looks like he's keeping our helicopters in tip-top shape and ready for action.

Thanks to Powell and all the men and women in uniform working hard and, in many cases, risking it all to protect and preserve the American way of life. We couldn't do what we do without your service and sacrifices.

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