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  • Sam Weaks

Midland native continues a 123-year tradition of service under the sea

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Submariners make up only 10 percent of the U.S. Navy’s personnel, but they play a critical role in carrying out one of the Defense Department’s most important missions: strategic deterrence. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dalton Lyon, a native of Midland, Texas, is one of the sailors continuing a 123-year tradition of service under the sea to help ensure Americans’ safety.

Lyon joined the Navy four years ago. Today, Lyon serves as an electronic technician-nuclear aboard USS Hawaii.

“I joined the Navy because wanted to find a different path in life that most people don't take,” said Lyon. "It was a unique situation since I was also the first one in my family to join the service.”

Growing up in Midland, Lyon attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated in 2018.

Skills and values similar to those found in Midland are similar to those required to succeed in the military.

“Growing up I learned to be punctual,” said Lyon. "I was always taught to be early to think and that has transferred well in the Navy. I had a lot of great teachers growing up, and they helped me shape me into who I'm today."

These lessons have helped Lyon while serving in the Navy.


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