NORTH ADAMS >> Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Strange, a North Adams native and 2011 McCann Technical School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard the Bangor, Wash.-based USS Henry M. Jackson, a ballistic missile submarine.

A missile technician, Strange is responsible for maintaining ballistic missiles and their launching systems.

Strange is part of the boat's Gold crew, one of the two rotating crews, which allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted sailors.

On average, the submarine spends 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in-port for maintenance.