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The Flag Maker

The Flag Maker

The workbench overflows with materials from glue to twisted nails, the floor is draped with shaved wood, dust and scraps, and no surface is empty. Torched until its lines deepen in color, the smell of burned wood wafts through the humid, Louisiana air. The sound of the table saw is the only thing heard.

Healing From Invisible Wounds

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Richard Vaughn has an aura that disarms people and puts them at ease. Vaughn will genuinely care for and love anyone, no matter whom he meets. But although he has a heart bigger than life itself, he also has a past he can't escape.

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I Will Defend

I Will Defend

Operation Kentucky Jumper was supposed to be their last mission. It was a clearance and isolation operation. It had been a long, hard deployment to Ramadi, Iraq — six months of near-daily firefights as they worked with the Army and Marine Corps to retake the city, street by street, from al-Qaida insurgents. The men of SEAL Team 3, Delta Platoon were exhausted, but they were days from going home, so close they could almost smell the salty San Diego air.

Fall 2018 Petty Officer Advancement Quotas Released

The Navy released the fall petty officer advancement quotas for more than 22,000 active duty, Full Time Support (FTS), Canvasser Recruiter and Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors to advance to E-4, E-5, and E-6, Nov. 19.

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Military Spouse

Military Spouse

For many military spouses completing education and career goals are a major concern as they balance life with a loved one in the military. A Defense Manpower Data Center study revealed that 27.1% of military spouses listed furthering their education or training as an important milestone. While military life may present unique challenges for spouses like frequent moves and funding issues, the Department of Defense (DoD) has taken steps to address those concerns.

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FRG Puts Family First

FRG Puts Family First

For Sailors in today's Navy, deploying is a way of life, and even if a Sailor isn't deployed, duty can mean long days, physically demanding work and training evolutions -- all to get ready for deployment. At the same time, while life at sea may be business as usual for Sailors, their families are often the ones who feel the sting of deployment most once the ship leaves the pier.

From Khaki to Blueshirt

June was a bittersweet two-year anniversary for me. After spending 11 years as a commissioned naval officer, I found out I was no longer going to be Lt. Noble.

From Son To Shipmate

For some, a family legacy of military service is a historical connection, with today's service members carrying on the tradition from a relative who may have served during World War II or before.

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Shift Focus

Shift Focus

Seven years ago, Joseph Derbak's focus was on his Marines. As a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class serving in Afghanistan, he was out with his unit Sept. 25, 2009 when his life changed forever.

From Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class To Third Mate

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Richard D. Vissoh has earned his Third Mate Unlimited Oceans certification from the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) in Norfolk, Va. What would normally take four years to accomplish, took Vissoh only a year and a half, and all at night.