Ormond Beach native Anthony Zimmerer is fulfilling his dreams of serving his country. Zimmerer plans to follow in his family's footsteps, as a third-generation Marine.
By: Lt. Cmdr. Chris Donlon
Navy Office of Community Outreach
Pfc. Anthony Zimmerer, a native of Ormond Beach, serves the U.S. Navy at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center in Pensacola.
As a student at NATTC, Zimmerer is serving among sailors and Marines developing the skills needed to be successful naval aviation warfighters. Students at NATTC are taught the requirements and skills needed to be successful in their new careers. Zimmerer joined the Marines six months ago. Today, Zimmerer serves as a ground support crew.
“I joined the Marines to carry on my family’s legacy as a third-generation Marine,” Zimmerer said.
According to Zimmerer, the values required to succeed in the Marine Corps are similar to those found in Ormond Beach.
“No matter what challenges I face, I can always overcome them and achieve my goals," Zimmerer said. “Learning these traits has helped me as a Marine.”
Naval Air Technical Training Center’s mission is to provide world class professional aviation warriors to the Navy fleet supporting combat readiness anywhere on the globe, while taking good care of our people, families and being good neighbors and stewards in the city of Pensacola and the surrounding region.
NATTC’s leaders and experts develop, deliver and leverage technology to optimize performance of our Navy, Marine Corps and foreign national students. We provide the most up-to-date and relevant training available to our sailors and Marines ensuring Naval aviation’s success.
Serving in the Marines means Zimmerer is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“I believe the Marine Corps is important to national defense because we are the world’s action forces,” Zimmerer said. “Whatever is needed, the Marines will jump to it.”
Zimmerer and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I am most proud of overcoming the challenges of becoming a Marine and earning the right to wear this uniform,” Zimmerer said.
As Zimmerer and other sailors continue to train and perform the mission they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Marines.
“Serving in the Corps means I can help my country by not only doing the job I was assigned, but making sure my brothers and sisters next to me are safe,” Zimmerer said.
The Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, Naval Education and Training Command recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.