Smithfield Herald

Sailor from Clayton deploys to Japan

Dwayne Stevens of Clayton, a 2005 graduate of Clayton High School, has been a ship’s serviceman for two years after enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 2012.

He is serving on his second deployment aboard the USS Green Bay, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.

His parents are Janice P. Stevens and Don A. Stevens.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted to help my family and set an example for my younger family members,” said Stevens, a ship’s serviceman third class. “I also wanted to travel and position myself for success.”

Ship’s servicemen are responsible for managing and operating all shipboard retail and service activities. These include the ship’s store, vending machines, coffee kiosks aboard aircraft carriers, barber shops and laundry operations. They play a large role in the morale of the ship.

“I chose my rate because it enables me to have constant interaction with everyone on the ship while being able to provide service to my fellow shipmates serving our nation,” Stevens said. “I’m all about helping others, which was a very strong trait in my grandmother, Rachel P. Pulley. I strive to touch lives the way she did. Knowing I’m helping in some way and knowing that I’m growing stronger with every experience I go through is what brings me joy in what I do."

The USS Green Bay departed San Diego on Jan. 26 for Sasebo, Japan, where the ship will join the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces. The Green Bay is replacing the decommissioned Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver.