Military Corner

Marine Corps Marathon Set To Return In Person This October

The Marine Corps Marathon will return this year after taking 2020 off due to COVID-19. Race organizers have confirmed that the 46th annual event will be held “live and in-person” on Halloween (or, Oct. 31) in Arlington, Virginia, and the nation’s capital. “Throughout my many years heading the MCM Organization, we have faced various challenges…Continue Reading


2020 Veterans Day Free Meals and Restaurant Deals and Discounts

2020 Veterans Day Restaurant Discounts: 7-Eleven — Active-duty, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a free coffee or Big Gulp on November 11. (7-Eleven app and Veterans Advantage membership required.) Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty military can choose one free entrée from the Veterans Day menu on November 11 at select locations. Army & Air Force Exchange Service — On November 11, MILITARY STAR cardholders…Continue Reading


Virginia Beach Native is USS Carl Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day”

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Kevin Jackson, a Virginia Beach, Va. native serving aboard Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), was recognized as Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day” in a ceremony on the ship’s bridge, Aug. 21. Jackson was selected for this honor from among over 3,000 Sailors in the ship’s crew. Story…Continue Reading


Norfolk Sailor successfully completes tour with the “Bluetails”

Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW-121) the “Bluetails”, based at Naval Station Norfolk held a change of command, Sept. 3, to mark the time-honored tradition of changing commanders. Cmdr. Neil Fletcher of Chatham, New Jersey, having served as squadron executive officer, relieved Cmdr. Martin Fentress of Norfolk with both of their immediate families present. During…Continue Reading

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Newport News Native Serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the Indo-Pacific Region

Newport News, Virginia native and Woodside High School graduate Aiyanna Matthews is serving aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is continuing to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Matthews is a culinary specialist seaman apprentice and helps with inspecting and maintaining firefighting equipment throughout the entire supply department. “I feel proud in being able…Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Native Becomes Member of U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Lt. Monica Borza, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was recently announced as one of the officers selected for the Blue Angels 2021 air show season. “The Blue Angels is the best platform in the military for boosting patriotism and inspiring future service members,” said Borza. “This extraordinary team represents the sailors and marines who…Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Sailor assists in search and rescue

On Wednesday, June 24 as a five-person crew aboard VAW-124’s E-2C Hawkeye were manning the skies above Hampton Roads they heard a potential Search and Rescue (SAR) distress call announced on the Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and took action. “We received a report of a vessel taking on water near Smith Island off the Virginia…Continue Reading

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Newport News Sailor serves aboard U.S. Navy warship

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 2, 2020) Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Gabriel Pena helps retrieve the multi-function towed array (MFTA) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), July 2, 2020. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its first patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies…Continue Reading

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