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Cleveland native serves aboard missile destroyer in Spain

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U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cameron Burnette U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cameron Burnette

USN Lieutenant Cameron Burnette, a 1994 graduate of Cleveland High School, is serving the U.S Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, the USS Ross.

Burnette, a native of Cleveland, TN, is a combat systems officer aboard one of four destroyers that are home ported in Rota, Spain

As a Navy combat systems officer, Burnette is responsible for all weapons systems, such as SPY radar, Aegis, and missles.

“The sailors I work with have a can-do attitude and an ability to get things done even when things are overwhelming, which makes it easy to lead,” said Burnette.

The USS Ross holds about 30 officers, and 300 men and women. Navy officials say the jobs of each crew member are highly specialized, and range from washing dishes and preparing meals, to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

“Being on a ship that is this exemplary and with such a motivated crew makes serving on this ship very enjoyable,” said Burnette.

Officials say the crew is highly motivated, and can adapt to changes quickly. The life aboard is a busy one of specialized work, watches, and drills.

Burnette says he and other sailors know they are apart of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“Defending my country is part of why serving in the Navy is important to me, but it's also the feeling that I am doing something bigger to help my country than what I would be able to do alone,” added Burnette.

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