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SERVICE TO COUNTRY: Owasso Native and Owasso High School graduate Zack Repp serves in the U.S. Navy, managing and supervising the personnel and equipment that maintain mission-ready and combat-ready E-2D aircraft.

Lt. j.g. Zack Repp, a 2009 Owasso High School graduate and Owasso native, is serving in the U.S. Navy with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126. Repp works with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Squadron, VAW 126, also known as “Seahawks,” operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Repp is responsible for management and supervising the personnel and equipment that maintain the aircraft.

The primary mission of VAW-126 is to provide mission-ready and combat-ready E-2D aircraft and capable aircrew wherever needed, on time and safely.

As the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye serves as the most advanced command and control aircraft in the Navy and features a state-of the-art radar with more capabilities and upgraded aircraft systems that improves the combat effectiveness of a carrier air wing and carrier strike group.

In addition to airborne early warning mission, the E-2D provides a variety of capabilities to the carrier strike group, including search and rescue operations, data link, communications relay, strike control, close air support coordination, and drug interdiction.

“The sailors of VAW-126 are integral to the successful employment of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye,” says Cmdr. Scott Wastak, Commanding Officer VAW-126. “Without their meticulous attention to detail and dedication to the mission, the Hawkeye would be unable to perform its mission and meet our nation’s call to duty. Our sailors are truly our most valuable assets.”

With a crew of nearly 150 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and designed to keep each part of the Hawkeye running smoothly. Whether training new aviators, maintaining airframes and engines, processing paperwork, or handling and flying the aircraft, the key to success is teamwork.

The Seahawks of VAW-126 are assigned to Carrier Air Wing ONE.

Updated 12-13-2016

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