ANNAPOLIS (NNS) — The Naval Academy family is devastated to learn one of the three victims in the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting was one of our own, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Class of 2019. 

Josh was a member of 10th company and captained the 2018-2019 Rifle Team. A mechanical engineering major, he service selected and was assigned to naval aviation. Upon commissioning last May, Josh was temporarily assigned to the Naval Academy’s Physical Education department until he reported to Pensacola to begin the aviation training pipeline last month.

Our hearts are heavy and with the families and friends of Ensign Watson, Airman Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Walters, who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the onset of their Naval service. 

Rest in peace, Shipmates — we have the watch.

We honor you, Joshua Watson.

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