Wednesday 16 Jan 2019


Goldsboro Native Serves with the U.S. Navy Half a World Away

A Goldsboro native and 1992 Wayne Country Day School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy forward-deployed aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Anthony Sexstella is a fire controlman aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and be ready to respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region.

Sexstella is the combat systems maintenance manager onboard the ship. He oversees all maintenance for all combat systems, weapons, and operations on the ship.

Sexstella is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Goldsboro.

“Goldsboro was a place that gave me a sense of community,” said Sexstella. “I was taught to treat everyone with respect and kindness which has helped me in my Navy career as well as throughout life.”

Sexstella is also proud of his role not only at his job but also as a mentor and leader. His greatest accomplishment is when his junior sailors advance in rank, earn degrees and certifications, and receive awards. He strives to be a positive impact on their lives.


Article courtesy of the Navy Office of Community Outreach

One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Everything in this story is true until you get to the mentor, leadership, and excitement about junior sailors advancing. Hands down the worst Chief I came across in my Navy experience.


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