A 2008 Kenton High School graduate and Kenton, Ohio native is serving as part of the Pre Commissioning Unit for the USS Thomas Hudner.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Richards is a ship's servicemen assigned to DDG 116 in Bath, Maine.
As a ship's servicemen, Richards is responsible for services on the ship provided to the crew including vending machines, ship store, barber shop and laundry.
Richards has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.
More on the story will be posted later this morning under local news at wktn.com.