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Service Member Spotlight: Lt. Matthew Starr, from Norfolk, Va

Service Member Spotlight: Lt. Matthew Starr, from Norfolk, Va

Lt. Matthew Starr, from Norfolk, Va., conducts pre-flight maintenance checks on an MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in the Baltic Sea during exercise BALTOPS22. BALTOPS22 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in…

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Delivers U.S. Flags to Local Funeral Home in Honor of Flag Day

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Delivers U.S. Flags to Local Funeral Home in Honor of Flag Day

The Norfolk Naval Shipyard delivered 137 U.S. flags to a local funeral home to honor fallen veterans this Flag Day. The tradition began six years ago when Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Veteran Employee Readiness Group partnered with Sturtevant Funeral Home to create the “Retire Your Flag Program.”   Citizens are invited to bring flags no longer…

Service Member Spotlight

Service Member Spotlight

Newport News native serves aboard USS Harry S. Truman Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Kahron Sharpezotten, from Newport News, Virginia, speaks over the 3MC aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Mar. 5, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet…

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Service Member Spotlight: Lt. Anthony Reid

A Chesapeake, Virginia, resident is serving with Commander, Operational Test & Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) supporting Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022 in the Arctic Ocean. ICEX 2022 is a three-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic region. Lt. Anthony Reid joined the Navy 12 years ago for the opportunities military service has to offer. “My father…

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Virginia Beach Native Spends Memorial Day Honoring Fallen Military Members

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach As the nation pauses this Memorial Day to remember fallen service members, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has special the responsibility of honoring fallen comrades in the nation’s capital with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard. “I’m a division officer here at the Ceremonial Guard,” said Lt.…

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Service Member Spotlight: Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Duncan

A sailor from Floyd, Virginia, assigned to Public Works Department (PWD) Bahrain, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Central (NAVFAC EURFACENT), was recently recognized as Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Atlantic, Sea Sailor of the Year. Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Duncan joined the Navy to serve his country. “I joined the Navy because I…

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Service Member Spotlight: Petty Officer 2nd Class Dagnon Vissoh

A Hampton, Virginia, native was one of forty sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) who took the next step in their Navy careers by reenlisting as a group during a mass-reenlistment ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, Feb. 27. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dagnon Vissoh, an aviation boatswain’s…

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Service Member Spotlight: Petty Officer 1st Class Djuanta Bailey

A Hampton, Virginia, native serves in the U.S. Navy at a helicopter squadron who flies the newest and most technologically-advanced helicopters. Petty Officer 1st Class Djuanta Bailey joined the Navy 10 years ago. Today, Bailey serves as an aircrew survival equipmentman. “I joined the Navy for the economic opportunities that it has afforded my family,” said Bailey.…

USS Charleston conducts bilateral exercise with French frigate FS Vendémiaire (F 734)

Service Member Spotlight: Lt. Bryan “Twilight” O’Loughlin, From Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk native exchanges flight suit patches with sailor from French Navy. Lt. Bryan “Twilight” O’Loughlin, from Norfolk, Virginia, assigned to the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, attached to the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), exchanges flight suit patches with a sailor from the French Navy Floréal-class frigate FS Vendémiaire (F…

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Service Member Spotlight: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Leo Floresca

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Leo Floresca, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides cover while Sailors on the security reaction force team finish donning their gear during an active shooter training evolution aboard the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), April 11, 2022. Hershel “Woody” Williams is on a scheduled deployment in…

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