Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Destiny Deleon, left, from San Antonio, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Angel Banak, from Tampa, Florida, attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk

Military Recognition: Tampa, Florida And San Antonio, Texas Natives Serve Aboard USS Ronald Reagan

TAMPA, FL. – Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Destiny Deleon, from San Antonio, Texas, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Angel Banak, from Tampa, Florida, attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

Attached to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during a vertical replenishment.

The USS Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships, and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region.

Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Destiny Deleon, (left) and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Angel Banak (right), U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gray Gibson

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

The Free Press thanks our men and women in uniform.

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