Rustburg native serves with high-tech squadron

Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Giles, a native of Rustburg, Virginia, wanted to get out of Virginia and do something different. 

“My brother went straight out of high school and went to work for the company where my dad worked," said Giles. "I wanted to travel and see other places.” 

Now, three years later, Giles serves with the Scorpions of Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49, working with one of the Navy’s most advanced helicopters at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego. 

Giles, a 2016 graduate of Brookville High School, is an information systems technician with a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter. 

“There's always stuff to do as an IT. People are always asking for help with their computers,” said Giles. “I keep accurate inventories of our computer assets, that ranges from computers and laptops to cameras and printers as well as information security. I make sure people aren't plugging in cell phones to their computers and making sure there isn't a loss of personally identifiable information.”

Giles credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Rustburg. 

“I was taught to always be respectful and do what you're told,” said Giles. 

HSM 49's primary mission is to conduct sea control operations in open-ocean and coastal environments as an expeditionary unit. This includes hunting for submarines, searching for surface targets over the horizon and conducting search and rescue operations. 

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