Wellsville Native Serving in US Navy Helping With COVID-19 Pandemic

A 2007 Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School graduate and native of Wellsville, is serving in the US Navy as part of the largest mobilization of reservists tied directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Wallsmith is serving at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

Wallsmith is one of the reserve sailors deployed to the Navy’s four public shipyards as part of he Surge Maintenance (SurgeMain) program.

Established in 2005 to augment the Navy’s organic civilian shipyard workforce in times of need, SurgeMain has 2,200 enlisted reserve sailors and 240 reserve officers across 75 units.