Petty Officer 1st Class Dion Murril, left, from Detroit, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Camacho, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, while in the Arabian Gulf are seen here tracing wires on a schematic to troubleshoot equipment in the ground support equipment shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Murril and Camacho serve aboard Ike as aviation support equipment technicians, performing intermediate maintenance on aviation accessory equipment. Ike and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.