Family and friends welcome home sailor Adam McNaughton

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Adam’s sister, Alison McNaughton, welcomes him home with a handmade sign. Photo provided by Harmony Owen.

Family and friends of Canyon Lake resident Adam McNaughton welcomed him home on June 16 from his tour of duty on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Adam, a nuclear machinist’s mate, was deployed on January 4 to the Indo-Asia Pacific region. His duties included operating, maintaining and supervising watchstanders and maintenance on nuclear reactors.

During the deployment, the strike group conducted operations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force consisting of visit, board, search and seizure drills, tactical maneuvering, flag hoisting drills, and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training.

Over the five-and-a-half month span, the group also participated in the maritime portion of Exercise Foal Eagle, a series of annual defense-oriented training events designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. The exercise was conducted by ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and United States component commands in Korea, to include ground, air, naval and special operations.

While in the ports of Fiji, Guam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Saipan, Singapore and Solomon Islands, the sailors participated in numerous community service events, including volunteer service at schools, community centers, animal shelters and food banks.

Adam’s mother, Kellie Welty, and brother, Nick Welty, welcome him home from deployment. “What a relief to have our son home,” said Kellie. Photo provided by Harmony Owen

Adam, a Canyon Lake resident since 2004, is the son of Kellie Welty and stepson of POA Director Dale Welty. Kellie said, “We were very concerned this deployment for all our sailors. What a relief to have our son home.”

Adam will celebrate his homecoming tomorrow at a private party hosted by his girlfriend Harmony Owen, also a Canyon Lake resident. “I’m glad to have Adam home safe,” said Harmony, “Thank you to all our military personnel.”

Adam has served in the United States Navy for six years. His second enlistment ends in 2020. He will head back to the USS Carl Vinson on July 10 where he will resume his duties as a nuclear machinist’s mate.

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