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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”

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”

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Newport News Sailor serves aboard U.S. Navy warship

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 2, 2020) Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Gabriel Pena helps retrieve the multi-function towed array (MFTA) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), July 2, 2020. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its first patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies…

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Newport News’ namesake ship, USS Newport News, Returns from Deployment

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) transits to Naval Station Norfolk, July 18, 2020. Newport News returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment in support of national security interests and maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alfred Coffield/Released)


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…

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