Hartwell native now serving with Navy Maritime Strike Squadron

A 2014 Hart County High School graduate and Hartwell native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 at Naval Station North Island in Coronado, California.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Mazer is a Navy aviation machinist’s mate serving with HSM 41, a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter.

A Navy aviation machinist’s mate is responsible for providing maintenance on helicopter engines, transmissions and rotor heads.

Mazer said he enjoys the challenges the job presents.

Mazer credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned while growing up in Hartwell. Mazer said that was where he learned the importance of a strong work ethic.

HSM 41’s primary mission is to conduct sea control operations in open-ocean and coastal environments as part of a Carrier Air Wing. This includes hunting for submarines, searching for surface targets over the horizon and conducting search and rescue operations, if required.


The Seahawk is the Navy’s new primary maritime dominance helicopter, replacing the SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. Greatly enhanced over its predecessors, the MH-60R helicopter features a glass cockpit and significant mission system improvements, which give it unmatched capability as an airborne multi-mission naval platform, according to Navy officials.

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Mazer is most proud of obtaining the rank of petty officer second class in two years.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Mazer and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

Mazer said he thinks about his family and taking care of them. According to Mazer, serving is a good experience and has broadened his horizons and he is glad he has the opportunity to serve.