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Blue Angels Announce First Female Pilot, an ODU Grad Based at Oceana

Blue Angels Announce First Female Pilot, an ODU Grad Based at Oceana

The Blue Angels have added the first female demonstration jet pilot to its aerial demonstration team. Lt. Amanda Lee, an ODU graduate based at Oceana, is the newest core member of the Navy’s famed team. Lee is currently assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 and goes by the call sign “Stalin.”…

Norfolk Native Awarded Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Norfolk Native Awarded Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Norfolk, Virginia, native, Fireman Skyler Brooks, was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal aboard USS Constitution, July 14th. The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is awarded to service members who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature. “I’m glad I’m at a place that gives me a plethora of…

Service Member Spotlight: Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Devin Krause

Service Member Spotlight: Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Devin Krause

Service Member Spotlight is brought to you by Cardo Max. Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Devin Krause, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, assigned to the “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, installs a jet engine on an F/A-18F Super Hornet in the hangar bay of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), July 12, 2022.…

Service Member Spotlight: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raphael McCorey

Service Member Spotlight: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raphael McCorey

U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raphael McCorey, from Chesapeake, Virginia, performed the National Anthem during a Fourth of July celebration aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) while underway for Pacific Partnership 2022. Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief…

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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