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1:59 PM, Mar. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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? Navy Lt. j.g. Leah K. Jordan, daughter of Nancy and James Jordan of Weston, and other fellow sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recently got under way, following a four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, Dubai.

During the port visit, Jordan experienced the local culture by participating in a variety of tours sponsored by Stennis' Morale, Welfare, and Recreation division. Sailors also had the chance to participate in community engagement projects such as reading books to children at a special needs school, and cleaning and repairing a local church.

In addition, football fans gathered in the ship's hangar bay to watch the Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, consisting of John C. Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and Mobile Bay, currently are forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jordan is a 2005 graduate of D.C. Everest High School and joined the Navy in May 2009. She is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., with a Bachelor of Science degree.

? Marine Corps Pfc. Sara Tome, daughter of Rue Tremel and Anthony Tome, both of Weston, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Tome is a 2009 graduate of D.C. Everest Senior High School.

? Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jack Osness graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Osness is the son of Roy Osness, Athens, and grandson of Pat Heckendorf, Merrill. He is a 2011 graduate of Merrill High School.

? Army Sgt. Brian Plisch has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe.

Plisch is a forward signal noncommissioned officer assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for seven years.

He is the son of Roger and Karen Plisch of Birnamwood.

? Army Pvt. Cody La Crosse has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

La Crosse is the son of Wayne La Crosse, Rhinelander, and Jody Cunningham, Wausau. He is a 2011 graduate of Rhinelander High School.

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