Central Texas Heroes: Tony Fraley

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KWTX) The United States Navy wants to make sure you know how native Central Texans are serving our country.

And one Waco man is serving in San Diego supporting one of the country's most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer First Class Tony Fraley graduated from Waco High in 1998.

Now he's stationed in San Diego as a Navy boatswain's mate.

That means Fraley is responsible for preservation, maintenance, and steering of the ship.

He serves aboard the U.S.S. Independence which is categorized as a littoral combat ship.

Those are designed to handle threats like mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast ships on the surface of the water.

Fraley grew up in Waco, and he credits his success in the Navy to lessons he learned here in Central Texas.

His father was in the Navy too.

Fraley said, "I enjoy the camaraderie of serving aboard this ship. It is a very tight-knit group of people. Their first objective is to take care of the ship and take care of each other. Defending home and defending my country is what motivates me to serve."

If you have served in the military and you'd like to share your experiences, contact me at justin.earley@kwtx.com.