Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Zachary Munsell, from Kennewick, Washington, assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, is pictured touching up the edges on a painting scheme on an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Arabian Sea Dec. 27, 2019.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 3rd Class Megan Wollam

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

PH3(AW/SW/NAC) Chris Stoltz


Capt. Daniel Prochazka, Truman’s executive officer said, “Sometimes we take for granted that there are always Navy ships at sea; the 5,000 plus people onboard Harry S. Truman are truly standing the watch. They’re not only away from their families over the holidays and into the new year, but they’re ready to answer the nation’s call. Everybody goes into this process. It’s not just the pilots flying the jets, there’s a whole team of people who are working really hard; the firemen doing the damage control exercises during GQ drills, the people who clean the dishes, the people who do the laundry down to the bakers and cooks in the galley."


Mr. Zachary Munsell, thank you, and to all who have volunteered and to those who are currently serving in every branch of the United States Armed Forces, a grateful nation salutes you and thanks you for your service.

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