NORFOLK, Va. - Airman Apprentice Gerald Moore, an aviation boatswain’s mate from Edison, N.J., and 2010 graduate of Edison High School, is currently serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

The USS Harry S. Truman is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier based in Norfolk, Va., and is one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today, protecting and defending America on the world's oceans.

Moore is one of approximately 2,500 men and women that make up the ship's company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly -- this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 or so from the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.

"I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard Truman each day," said Captain S. Robert Roth, the carrier's commanding officer. "Our team is filled with highly qualified young men and women and I can't express how proud I am to be a part of this team. They performed at the highest level, day in and day out during our recent 9-month combat deployment and are continuing to do so here at home. Their professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence are second to none."