ROTA, Spain — A 2012 Salem High School graduate and Salem native, Petty Officer 3rd Class David Lapin,is serving our country in the Navy, living on the coast of Spain and participating in a critical NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) mission while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney.
Lapin is an interior communications electrician aboard one of the four advanced warships forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, a small village on the country’s southwest coast 65 miles south of the city of Seville. The Navy interior communications electrician is responsible for maintaining telephone, fire and flooding alarms, playing movies, soldering and troubleshooting. These four destroyers are forward-deployed in Rota to fulfill the United States’ phased commitment to NATO BMD while also carrying out a wide range of missions to support the security of Europe.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Lapin and other Carney sailors know they are a part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. He credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Salem. “Growing up back home, I learned and apply to my daily Navy career that if you want something, you have to go for it,” said Lapin.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Lapin, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Lapin is honored to carry on that family tradition. “My dad, uncles and grandpa all served in the military,” said Lapin. “They influenced my decision to join by being good men. I figured if I joined maybe some of that would rub off on me.”