As Americans Prepare to Celebrate Independence Day, Knoxville Native Supports Navy’s Nuclear Deterrence

By Lt. Cmdr. Gustav Hein, Navy Office of Community Outreach

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – A 2016 West High School graduate and Knoxville, Tennessee, native in the U.S. Navy supports the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission.

Airman Timothy Majka is a naval aircrewman (avionics) serving with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4, a versatile command capable of operating E6-B Mercury aircraft under USSTRATCOM operational control providing a survivable and endurable airborne communications link to the nation’s strategic forces.

Majka is responsible for handling the communication systems on the E6-B aircraft which helps the plane communicate with other vessels in the fleet.

Majka credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Knoxville.

“I developed a hard work ethic and was always taught to take personal responsibility,” said Majka.

The mission stems from the original 1961 Cold War order known as ‘Take Charge and Move Out!’ Adapted as TACAMO and now the command’s nickname, today, the men and women of TACAMO continue to provide a survivable communication link between national decision makers and the nation’s nuclear weapons.

The commander-in-chief issues orders to members of the military who operate nuclear weapons aboard submarines, aircraft or in land-based missile silos. Sailors aboard TACAMO E-6 Mercury aircraft provide the one-of-a-kind and most-survivable communication needed for this critical mission.

“I enjoy working with the people in this command,” said Majka. “The command is very community oriented.”

The Navy’s presence aboard an Air Force base in the middle of America may seem like an odd location given its distance from any ocean; however, the central location allows for the deployment of aircraft to both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico on a moment’s notice. This quick response is key to the success of the nuclear deterrence mission.

“I am proud to be a part of a mission that keeps America safe,” said Majka.

Sailors serving from America’s heartland take pride in the vital mission they support as well as the nuclear deterrence they help provide.

“Serving with this command has given me an opportunity to train in new skills such as avionics,” said Majka.

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