Old Dominion University Alum Assumes Role as Commodore of Submarine Squadron Twenty

Submarine Squadron Twenty held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, Sep. 16. Capt. Eric Cole relieved Capt. John Cage as the squadron’s commodore, in a ceremony held at the base chapel. Cole, the incoming commodore, is a native of Carrollton, Georgia. He received his commissioning from the U.S. Naval…

Are You Using These Emojis Wrong? These Are the Most Commonly Misunderstood Emojis

Have you ever been confused by the use of an emoji? You’re not alone. This week, Adobe released a study on emojis and shared the three most MISUNDERSTOOD emojis are the cowboy hat face, cherries, and the upside-down face. According to “Emojipedia,” the cowboy represents “exuberance, whimsy, confidence, or adventure.”  It’s also used in the…

Are You Using These Emojis Wrong? These Are the Most Commonly Misunderstood Emojis

Have you ever been confused by the use of an emoji? You’re not alone. This week, Adobe released a study on emojis and shared the three most MISUNDERSTOOD emojis are the cowboy hat face, cherries, and the upside-down face. According to “Emojipedia,” the cowboy represents “exuberance, whimsy, confidence, or adventure.”  It’s also used in the…

“Heroes Sail Free:” New Program Offers FREE Cruises From Florida to the Bahamas to Military, First Responders, and Educators

Margaritaville at Sea has launched its “Heroes Sail Free” program offering FREE cruises from Florida to the Bahamas for current and former U.S. military members, fire, police, and EMS personnel, and educators. Eligible travelers can book a cruise through the “Heroes Sail Free” program, coordinated in partnership with e-commerce site GovX, on sailings from Sept. 9…

Service Member Spotlight: Destiny Torres

Seaman Destiny Torres, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, serves aboard the Navy’s newest warship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. USS Fort Lauderdale, an amphibious transport dock ship, was commissioned July 30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “If there is one thing that history has shown us from the days of antiquity it is that the stakes…

Dairy Queen’s Pup Cup Sales to Support Local Shelters in Hampton Roads This September

Dairy Queen is serving up a sweet treat for your pups and local animal shelters this month. Throughout September, select Mid-Atlantic locations will donate 100% of the sale of Pup Cups to local animal shelters. Dairy Queen Mid-Atlantic shared, “So far we’ve raised over $15,000 for shelters in the area through this amazing initiative. We…

Seniors Ages 62+ Get Free Admission to the Virginia Zoo Wednesdays in September

To celebrate seniors and the contributions they make to our communities, the Virginia Zoo is offering free admission to guests over the age of 62 every Wednesday in September. This discount can only be used for walk-ups. Seniors will need to bring a valid ID as proof of age at the time of entry. Other…

Wawa Offers Teachers Free Coffee in September

Wawa is helping teachers get ready to go back to school with free coffee. The chain’s Mid-Atlantic locations are giving out free hot coffee all of September for teachers and school administrators through their “Cheers to Classrooms” promotion. Faculty need to share with a cashier that they work at a school to receive this offer. Wawa…

Service Member Spotlight: Norfolk Native Serves Aboard Navy Warship in San Diego

Service Member Spotlight: A  native of Norfolk, Virginia, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Boxer, which is homeported in San Diego. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jahkaya Bazemore, a 2016 Maury High School graduate, joined the Navy two years ago. “I joined because I wanted to travel the world,” said Bazemore. “I also needed the benefits…