Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James A. Wiora, son of Karen and James Wiora of Geneva is halfway through a six-month deployment to the Mediterrean Sea and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, home ported in Norfolk, Va.
While on deployment, crew members from Wiora's ship participated in damage control olympics, a competition designed to train the crew to properly handle a crisis at sea. The events included a fire-fighting gear race, a hose-manning competition, a protective suit dressout and de-smoking compartments.
Wiora's ship also visited Souda Bay, Crete, where he had the opportunity to shop, sightsee and enjoy the local culture and cuisine.
Carriers like USS Harry S. Truman are deployed around the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.
Wiora is a 1992 graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton, and joined the Navy in September 1996.
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