Fort Lauderdale Navy officer will participate in Super Bowl flyover

Fort Lauderdale Navy officer will participate in Super Bowl Flyover (Courtesy: U.S. Navy)

A South Florida Navy officer has an important part to play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Petty Officer Second Class Reanell Smythe, of Fort Lauderdale, is one of the sailors who maintains the aircraft that will be part of the national anthem performance.

Smythe serves as an aviation electrician’s mate currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147.

She will help with the flyer formation that will include two F/A-18F Super Hornets from “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, a F-35C Lightning II from the “Warhawks” of (VFA) 97, and a EA-18G Growler from “Vikings” Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.

According to the Navy, Smythe joined the Navy six years ago and will be graduating this year with a degree in aeronautics.

“I joined the Navy because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself,” said Smythe. “Everyone comes from different walks of life however, we are able to come together with shared goals, values, experiences and camaraderie to work side-by-side and protecting those we love, while sharing memories that I will never forget.”

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