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  • Call Sign: Fingers

    Call Sign: Fingers
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    August 25, 1972 dawned hot and muggy in Vietnam. Pilots of Fighter Squadron 161, stationed aboard USS Midway (CV 41), readied their aircraft and went over the day’s flight plan. Their mission was an early evening MiG combat air patrol over North Vietnam. Lt. John “Jack” Ensch would serve as a radar intercept officer in an F-4B Phantom.

  • Trailblazer in the Sky

    Trailblazer in the Sky
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    To honor the remarkable career of aviation pioneer Navy Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who died Jan. 24, the Navy conducted its first-ever all-female missing man formation flyover Feb. 2 during Mariner’s funeral in Maynardville, Tenn., a fitting tribute to the trailblazing pilot who became one of the first women to fly naval aircraft.

  • Wishing On A Star

    Wishing On A Star
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    It was only after she read “Travel, Serve Your Country. Meet New People, Accelerate Your Life,” in the newspaper that she was inspired to join, but after 16 years of Navy-life’s lessons, her self-titled song “N-A-V-Y” is paving her way to stardom.

  • Educating the Next Generation

    Educating the Next Generation
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    When considering American naval warfare, you might think back to images of the Revolutionary War when wooden-hulled ships fired volleys broadside at each other until one yielded or faced certain sinking.

  • Black History Month

    Black History Month
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    The decades of the 1950s and 1960s were a turning point in the fight for civil rights and universal justice, a movement in which the military was at the forefront. President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 998 in 1948, prohibiting discrimination in the armed forces “on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.”

  • No Ordinary Day

    No Ordinary Day
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    There are speeches to write, naval correspondence on your desk to be edited and travel plans to be scheduled. Days are a balancing act between meticulously scheduled events and last-minute changes, but no day is ever the same as the one before. It’s a fast-paced environment at times, but you have what it takes. Why? Because you are a Navy flag writer.

  • Healing From Invisible Wounds

    Healing From Invisible Wounds
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    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.

  • From the Sea to the Ice

    From the Sea to the Ice
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    (NNS, Mar. 19, 2018) Two opposing sides stare at each other, prepared to clash in the middle when given the word. Adorned with protective gear and prepared by years of training, each team stands ready, confident their cohesion and perseverance will take home the trophy.