Statesville Native Serves the U.S. Navy at DoD’s Premier Communication Institution

Seaman Apprentice Luke Wilson, a native of Statesville, North Carolina, is serving at Defense Information School (DINFOS), the premier communication learning institution, vital to the success of public affairs professionals across the Department of Defense, the United States government, and international partners. Wilson attended North Iredell High School and graduated in 2020. Today, Wilson uses skills and values similar to those learned in Statesville.

“The life lessons I have carried over to my naval career from my hometown is respect for yourself and others,” said Wilson. “If you show and give respect, that will get you a long way. Most importantly, respecting yourself means putting your physical and well-being as a priority as you can’t help others if you are not at your best.”

These lessons continue to help Wilson while serving in the military.

For the last 55 years, DINFOS has trained communicators across the Department of Defense to help their organizations achieve strategic and operational goals through applied public affairs strategies and visual information products. Courses offered by DINFOS include Digital Multimedia, Joint Contingency Public Affairs, Broadcast Journalism, Graphic Design and more.

Serving in the Navy means Wilson 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.

“The Navy is able to protect our nation and surveillance what is going on at land, air and sea that could threaten our security,” said Wilson.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Wilson and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“The accomplishment that I am most proud of is being here at the Defense Information School and training to become one of the few and best mass media communication specialists in our Navy,” said Wilson.

As Wilson and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means that I get to further my best skills, travel around the world, but with an important meaning which is serving my country,” added Wilson.

Author: Mike Jackson