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Military Notes: August 10, 2016
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:00am
Randy Chaidez serving aboard USS Kentucky
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Chaidez, a 2009 graduate of Buckeye Union High School, is serving aboard the USS Kentucky.
He is a missile technician serving aboard the Bangor-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
He is responsible for maintaining the strategic weapons systems.
According to a Navy press release, submariners are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation. They are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical, and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain, and repair every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.
The USS Kentucky is 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighs more than 16,500 tons. Its nuclear-powered propulsion systems helps push it through the water at more than 20 knots. On average, it spends 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in-port for maintenance.
Alexis Diaz graduates from basic military training
U.S. Air Force Airman Alexis T. Diaz has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.
She earned distinction as an honor graduate.
She is the daughter of Aulani and stepdaughter of Robert Warden of Goodyear.
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