5/9/2019 2:54:00 PM North Port Native Teaches Defense as I.S. Tech
A 2009 North Port High School graduate and North Port native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Sturgill works as an information systems technician and serves with the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach. Sturgill credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in North Port. “Growing up, I learned that if it wasn’t fun, don’t do it,” said Sturgill. “I am still having fun in the Navy so that is why I continue to do it.” Sturgill is proud of earning a German Armed Forces Badge of Military Proficiency. “I was part of a joint exercise with the German Army and the Florida National Guard,” said Stugill. Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Sturgill “My grandfather was in the Army and my brother is in the National Guard,” said Sturgill. “My grandfather served in Vietnam but wouldn’t talk about his stories until I joined. It was like I had to earn the right to hear about that time for him.” Sturgill is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.