Carlsbad Native Serves At US Navy Helicopter Squadron In Japan

Petty Officer Third Class Mikaila Arnold, a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico, serves in the U.S. Navy as a member of a helicopter squadron forward deployed to Japan. Arnold attended Carlsbad High School and graduated in 2020 and joined the Navy three years ago. Today, Arnold serves as an aviation ordnanceman with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77. Skills and values learned in the Navy are similar to those found in Carlsbad. Members of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 fly and maintain helicopters for the U.S. Navy. Navy helicopters are able to perform many different missions. Some of the most common operations include search and rescue, air assaults, medical evacuations, supply transport and hunting submarines.