A Nashville, Tennessee, native and 2007 Christ Presbyterian Academy graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy forward deployed aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur.
Petty Officer 1st Class Bryce Pedicini is a fire controlman (Aegis) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and be ready to respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.
A Navy fire controlman is responsible for operating and maintaining combat and weapons direction systems, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems and gun fire control systems. They also provide system employment recommendations and perform maintenance on digital computer equipment systems.
Pedicini is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Nashville.
“I’ve learned that you have to set the tone early for whatever goal that you want to achieve,” said Pedicini. “That way you have control early on and can better manage whatever task you need to get done.”
Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America’s interests. With more than 50% of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Yokosuka is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials.
“I like being deployed here because it makes me feel like I am directly contributing,” said Pedicini. “When you’re forward-deployed, you are ready and prepared for any mission.”
Pedicini is also proud of being the work center supervisor in his shop. He worked hard to earn this position and is grateful that his superiors trusted him to fulfill this role.
Destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. They are 510 feet long and armed with tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, Standard Missile-3 and newer variants of the SM missile family, advanced gun systems and close-in gun systems. Destroyers are deployed globally and can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious readiness groups. Their presence helps the Navy control the sea. Sea control is the precondition for everything else the Navy does. It cannot project power, secure the commons, deter aggression, or assure allies without the ability to control the seas when and where desired.
Curtis Wilbur has anti-aircraft capability armed with long range missiles intended for air defense to counter the threat to friendly forces posed by manned aircraft, anti-ship, cruise and tactical ballistic missiles.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Pedicini and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I’ve learned a great work ethic and discipline since joining the Navy and I believe I would not have learned that anywhere else,” said Pedicini. “I enjoy being with this command because we work together as a team to get the job done well.”
Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50% of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.