A 2009 Meridian High School graduate and Blue Mound, Illinois, native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron, which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes.
Lt. Sean Brokaw is a naval aviator with the VFA 97 Warhawks, which operates out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. As a naval aviator, Brokaw is responsible for flying F/A-18 Super Hornets.
Members of VFA 97 work with the F/A 18 Super Hornet, one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers at sea and is capable of conducting air-to-air combat as well as striking targets on land. It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 lbs., and a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour.
Operating from sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time. The versatile jet has the ability to destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Brokaw and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.