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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns Home to Norfolk Following Six-Month Deployment

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns Home to Norfolk Following Six-Month Deployment

After six months at sea, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, July 18th.   Miliary officials say CVW-3 conducted a total of 6,100 sorties and 12,401 flight hours for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group’s deployment. Cmdr. Michael Luebkert, commanding officer, Airborne Command and Control VAW-123 “Screwtops”, reflected on the…

Norfolk Native Receives Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Aboard U.S. Navy Warship

Norfolk Native Receives Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Aboard U.S. Navy Warship

  Congratulations to Electronics Technician 2nd Class David Hammers, right, from Norfolk, Va., who received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Cmdr. Joseph Burgon, from Cottonwood, Calif., aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), June 24. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S.…

Marine Corps Marathon Set To Return In Person This October

Marine Corps Marathon Set To Return In Person This October

The Marine Corps Marathon will return this year after taking 2020 off due to COVID-19. Race organizers have confirmed that the 46th annual event will be held “live and in-person” on Halloween (or, Oct. 31) in Arlington, Virginia, and the nation’s capital. “Throughout my many years heading the MCM Organization, we have faced various challenges…

Shopping access to military exchanges expands to DoD, Coast Guard civilian employees

Shopping access to military exchanges expands to DoD, Coast Guard civilian employees

The Department of Defense announced that it is expanding access to the military exchange stores to DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees with a Common Access Card. This will include in-store and online exchange shopping privileges to civilian employees who work in the U.S. and in U.S. territories and possessions. Those eligible will now be…

Virginia Beach Native is USS Carl Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day”

Virginia Beach Native is USS Carl Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day”

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Kevin Jackson, a Virginia Beach, Va. native serving aboard Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), was recognized as Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day” in a ceremony on the ship’s bridge, Aug. 21. Jackson was selected for this honor from among over 3,000 Sailors in the ship’s crew. Story…

Norfolk Sailor successfully completes tour with the “Bluetails”

Norfolk Sailor successfully completes tour with the “Bluetails”

Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW-121) the “Bluetails”, based at Naval Station Norfolk held a change of command, Sept. 3, to mark the time-honored tradition of changing commanders. Cmdr. Neil Fletcher of Chatham, New Jersey, having served as squadron executive officer, relieved Cmdr. Martin Fentress of Norfolk with both of their immediate families present. During…

Newport News Native Serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the Indo-Pacific Region

Newport News Native Serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the Indo-Pacific Region

Newport News, Virginia native and Woodside High School graduate Aiyanna Matthews is serving aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is continuing to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Matthews is a culinary specialist seaman apprentice and helps with inspecting and maintaining firefighting equipment throughout the entire supply department. “I feel proud in being able…

Virginia Beach Native Becomes Member of U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Virginia Beach Native Becomes Member of U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Lt. Monica Borza, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was recently announced as one of the officers selected for the Blue Angels 2021 air show season. “The Blue Angels is the best platform in the military for boosting patriotism and inspiring future service members,” said Borza. “This extraordinary team represents the sailors and marines who…

Virginia Beach Sailor assists in search and rescue

Virginia Beach Sailor assists in search and rescue

On Wednesday, June 24 as a five-person crew aboard VAW-124’s E-2C Hawkeye were manning the skies above Hampton Roads they heard a potential Search and Rescue (SAR) distress call announced on the Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and took action. “We received a report of a vessel taking on water near Smith Island off the Virginia…

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