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Chesapeake Native selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter Aboard USS Carl Vinson

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Torrence K. Strothers, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, has been selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter aboard the USS Carl Vinson.  Strothers is serving as a surgical technologist and is responsible for the sterility of the operating room and being the “third hand” to the surgeon during medical procedures. “I’m…


Virginia Beach Resident Promoted to Director, Fleet Installations, Environment

NORFOLK, Va. – Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Tracy Veltre Riker, a native South Brunswick, New Jersey and current resident of Virginia Beach,Virginia, was promoted to the position of Director, Fleet Installations and Environment at U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) command in Norfolk, Virginia, June 8. Her department is responsible for the environmental planning and compliance for…


Happy Father’s Day

Click here for a Father’s Day shout out from a sailor in Virginia Beach. MilitarySpouseFest offers advice on how to celebrate Father’s Day from afar. How to Celebrate Father’s Day From Afar#fathersday2020 #fathersdaygiftideas #Military #militarylife #milspousefest — MilSpouseFest (@milspousefest) June 16, 2020

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Virginia Beach Sailor Performs with U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band

The U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band performed “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I to brighten people’s day while reminding them to follow guidelines to help fight COVID-19. Musician 3rd Class Marshall Wacker, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, played keyboard during the performance. Wacker represents the dedicated men and women around the world serving in the Navy…


Chesapeake Sailor Named NECC Sea Sailor of the Year

Story by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Navy Diver 1st Class Thomas Gerace, from Chesapeake, Virginia, was recently recognized as the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Sea Sailor of the Year. This award allows Navy commands to highlight their top Sailors and reward them for their hard work and…


Chesapeake Native Serves as Navy Nurse Aboard Aircraft Carrier

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) – A Chesapeake, Virginia, native and certified registered nurse anesthetist was serving aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during National Nurses Day, observed in the U.S. on May 6.   Lt. Melissa Richling plays a critical role in patient care for Truman. “A friend of mine was…