By Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs
A 2008 East Jordan High School graduate and East Jordan, Michigan, native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.
Lt. j.g. Sarah Kupovits is a pilot serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.
As a pilot, Kupovits is responsible for managing and supervising sailors and flying aircraft tactically for anti-submarine warfare missions, reconnaissance operations and maritime patrols.
“I enjoy working with the people in the Navy, even with diverse backgrounds there is a bond for the missions at hand,” said Kupovits. “I also love how everyday is different, from the actual place that you are going, to the mission and the people that you are flying with.”
According to Navy officials, Wing 11’s history and reputation remain unparalleled since being commissioned on August 15, 1942.
Throughout the decades, Wing 11 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Beginning in the 1960s, the P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P-2V Neptune fleet.
After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet, according to Navy officials.
The P-8A is a modified Boeing airframe featuring a fully connected, state-of-the-art, open architecture mission system designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Navy officials explained.
“The U.S. Navy sometimes asks the impossible of our people. It is sailors that make the impossible possible,” said Capt. Anthony Corapi, Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. Lt. j.g. Kupovits is one example of a selfless servant of our nation. These heroes ask for very little recognition and perform their daily job with pride and professionalism defending freedom and our way of life around the world. Each member of the Navy’s combat team is crucial to our success. I am very proud to have Lt.j.g. Kupovits on our team!”
Kupovits is part of a crew that began a transition to the P-8A Poseidon in 2014. Earlier this year, squadron VP-45 entered the Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle in preparation for their first deployment as a P-8A squadron.
“I love the fact that we are one of the first comamnds to fly the P-8As and at the forefront of maritime patrol and reconnaissance,” said Kupovits.
According to Navy officials, the Navy continues to meet milestone after milestone on this world-class mission and is providing an aircraft with superior capabilities to the men and women in uniform that will have a lasting legacy promoting a global maritime strategy.
“Serving in the Navy I’ve learned that sacrifices are well worth it when others depend on you for support,” said Kupovits. “I’ve also learned to value respect for all and I get a sense of pride knowing that I am doing my job for a greater cause.”