WHITAKER, Jeffery A.
Cmdr. Jeffery A. Whitaker, a Toledo native and 1977 graduate of Whitmer High School, retired after 32 years of honorable Navy service. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Meritorious Service as the Deputy Director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands D.C. Hub. (3/26/15)
Petty Officer 1st Class John Zion is a native of Toledo and graduated High School from Temecula Valley High School. He was recently selected as 2015 Sailor of the Year aboard USS Decatur. He is entitled to wear the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (four awards) and various other service and unit awards. (1/14/16)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Deputy Commander Michael Stiglitz, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) presented Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jason McNeely from Monroe, Mich., a Flag letter of commendation on behalf of COMNAVELSG Rear Admiral Valerie Huegel for his selection as NAVELSG Jr. Sailor of the Quarter, 4th Quarter FY14. NAVESLG provides expeditionary logistics capability for the Navy and joint service customers. (12/6/2014)
NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DEVESELU, Romania — Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Benjamin Jacks, from Millbury, Ohio, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for service at Naval Support Facility Deveselu, Romania.
A graduate of Lake High School, Jacks was decorated for superior performance of his duties as a sentry at the new installation, which was established in October 2014. He has served in the Navy for two years. A member of the Navy Reserve who was activated for service in Romania, Jacks has returned to his home command, Naval Operational Support Center Toledo, Ohio.
Jacks’ parents Phil and Cathy Jacks live in Millbury.
NSF Deveselu is located in south-central Romania in Olt County, near the city of Caracal. When completed, about 200 U.S. military, government employees and contractors will work at the base.
Toledo native serving aboard U.S. Navy destroyer, April 29, 2016
SAN DIEGO – A 2012 Roy C Start High School graduate and Toledo, Ohio native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Milius.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Monet Brooks is a culinary specialist aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of San Diego, California.
A Navy culinary specialist is responsible for providing nutritious meals for the crew.
“I see everyone on the ship because of my job,” said Brooks. “I love interacting with them.”
With a crew of over 300 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
“It's a really cool job,” said Brooks. “Not many people can do this. Who else can say they wake up everyday and are able to go to work on a ship?”
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
“Serving in the Navy means a lot to me,” added Brooks. “Where I come from is so small, not everybody is able to get out of the town. I was able to do just that by having this job."
Toledoan leads USS Toledo’s return from deployment, April 27, 2016GROTON, Conn. – The Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. from a regularly scheduled deployment, Monday, April 25.
Under the command of, Toledo native, Cmdr. Micheal Majewski, USS Toledo and crew returned from a deployment to the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility where they executed the Chief of Naval Operations’ maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.
“The crew performed amazingly well,” said Majewski. “When we found out that we were extended on deployment, to a man, everyone took it in stride and rose to the challenge, because everyone on the crew knows how important the mission is.”
Cmdr. Michael Majewski has served in the Navy for 25 years. He is a 1990 Roy C. Start High School graduate, a 1996 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, 2003 Penn State graduate, and 2008 Joint Forces Staff College graduate.
Majewski was born and raised in Toledo, and has a majority of friends and family that live in the Toledo area, including his daughter attending the University of Toledo.
During the deployment Toledo steamed approximately 31,000 nautical miles, or 35,650 standard miles, equal to nearly one and a half trips around the world at the equator or just over six round trips between New London, Conn., to San Diego. Toledo conducted port visits in Bahrain, Rota, Spain, Toulon, France and Jebel Ali and Duqm, United Arab Emirates, as well as Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.
CARIBBEAN SEA — Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kory Alliton, left, a native of Middleburg, Fla., assigned to assigned to Admiral Joel T. Boone Branch Health Clinic Virginia Beach, Va., and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Roy Lightner, a native of Toledo, assigned to Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Great Lakes, Ill., package medications in preparation for the next mission stop aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.
MENKE, Hunter D.
U.S. Air Force
Airman Hunter D. Menke graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Menke is the son of Darin Menke of Oregon, Ohio, and Ranee Errington of Temperace, Mich., and step-son of Dale Errington of Temperance, Mich., and Dawn Menke of Oregon, Ohio. He graduated in 2015 from Bedford Senio High School, Temperance, Mich. (3/2/16)
Reserve Pvt. Rebecca Cameron has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Cameron is the daughter of Cassie Cameron of Montpelier, Ohio. She is a 2015 graduate of Fayette High School, Fayette, Ohio. (3/2/16)
FINCH, Andrew M.
Pvt. Andrew M. Finch has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Finch is the son of Michelle L. Juhasz of Toledo, Ohio. He is a 2015 graduate of Waite High School, Toledo, Ohio. (12/11/15)
McGHEE, Alonzo D.
U.S. Air Force
Airman Alonzo D. McGhee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. McGhee is the son of Lonnie O. and Michelle M. McGhee of Fremont, Ohio. He is a 2015 graduate of Fremont Ross High School, Fremont, Ohio. (12/9/15)
ANDERSON, Brett M.
Pvt. Brett M. Anderson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Anderson is the son of Holly McAvoy of Manitou Beach, Mich., and Corky Anderson of Brooklyn, Mich. He is a 2015 graduate of Onsted High School, Onsted, Mich. (11/13/15)
CARTER, Lyric M.
Pvt. Lyric M. Carter has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Carter is the daughter of Lashall A. Richard of Toledo, Ohio, and sister of Jibreel M. Carter. She is a 2015 graduate of Calvin M. Woodward High School, Toledo, Ohio. (11/13/15)
Pvt. Evlyn Ohms has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Ohms is the daughter of Brook and Scot Ohms of Rossford, Ohio. She is a 2015 graduate of Rossford High School, Rossford. (11/10/15)
CAVANAUGH, Gordon C.
Pvt. Gordon C. Cavanaugh has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Cavanaugh is the son of Patrick Cavanaugh of Toledo, Ohio, and Penny Collins of Sylvania, Ohio. He is a 2015 graduate of Sylvania Southview High School, Sylvania. (11/10/15)
WILLIAMS, Jake R.
U.S. Air Force National Guard
Airman 1st Class Jake R. Williams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Williams is the son of Butch and Denise Williams of Temperance, Mich. He is a 2014 graduate of Bedford High School, Temperance, Mich. (11/10/15)
SMITH, Tamika S.
Army National Guard
Pvt. Tamika S. Smith has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Smith is the daughter of James D. Brown of Toledo, Ohio, and sister of Martinas Y. Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla. She is a 2015 graduate of Guthrie Job Corps, Guthrie, Okla. (11/6/15)
PALMER, Raheem J.
Airman 1st Class Raheem J. Palmer has graduated from Technical Training. He is currently serving as Water Fuel System Maintenance Apprentice with 319th Civil Engineer Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Palmer is the son of Carmen Davis of Toledo, Ohio. He is a 2011 graduate of Rogers High School, Toledo. (11/3/15)