A Napa High School graduate and Napa native is part of Navy command providing critical missile defense to a large part of Europe.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio Vallerga is a master-at-arms serving at Naval Support Facility Deveselu in Romania, one of the Navy’s newest commands defending against the threat of ballistic missiles.
A Navy master-at-arms is responsible for providing law enforcement security for the base.
“My job is great because of getting to work with all the people I work with,” said Vallerga. "It is like a brotherhood."
NSF Deveselu is the first Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility placed into operations, providing support to NATO’s overall ballistic missile defense system.
Approximately 200 officers and enlisted men and women are stationed in Deveselu.
“The best part about being stationed here is being able to travel,” said Vallerga. "Being exposed to the customs of other countries and how they interact with us is interesting."
Supporting this mission, Vallerga explained that he and fellow service members know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
“Serving in the Navy gives me a lot of pride,” said Vallerga. "I'm glad my family is proud me."