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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I write this as we approach another Memorial Day, when service men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and I am reminded of one thing that stays… Continue Reading

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Us: Navy Petty Officer Mark Thomas Mahmod of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY MARK THOMAS MAHMOD NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — One important lesson I’ve learned through my short time of military service is to never quit. Occasionally, I find myself thinking, “I don’t know where I’d be today if it wasn’t for… Continue Reading

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Us: Capt. Chad Vincelette, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana

BY CHAD VINCELETTE NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — During a counseling session when I was a young naval officer, my commanding officer told me that in order to lead a successful organization you have to have a “servant’s mindset.”   At first… Continue Reading

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Us: VFW Back Bay Post 1211 Commander Charlie Baker

BY CHARLIE BAKER VIRGINIA BEACH — In 1966, I graduated high school in California. There was a draft going on at the time, and I did not care for the idea of jungles and foxholes. I wished to see the world. So… Continue Reading

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Remembering Norton Girault, veteran, author, lifelong student of writing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — The writer Norton Girault, author of a short story collection, Out Among the Roster Men, and a historical novel, Andre Boulanger, died on Sunday, Dec. 2. Girault was a longtime friend of the Old Dominion University… Continue Reading

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Pungo Pantry in Virginia Beach is a rising business which focuses upon fresh, local ingredients

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — You have to love to cook to channel your passion for home-baked goods into a career – and perfecting your recipes takes patience and a sense of humor, according to Megan Brassart of Pungo… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Rick Wilson

BY RICK WILSON I have had the honor and pleasure of working as an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for almost three years. The opportunity to work with the law enforcement community as a volunteer has been… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach EMS Human Resources Officer For Volunteers Jahmelle Sherman

BY JAHMELLE SHERMAN I volunteer because I believe in service to your community. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in giving of your time and energy for the greater good. When you volunteer, you do it knowing the only… Continue Reading

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Column: On Memorial Day, remembering those who answer our nation’s call

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. You might say that I was a child of the Depression. I learned about war like many women did back in those days – through husbands, fathers,… Continue Reading

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Military: NAS Oceana wants drone operators to quit unauthorized flying at and near installations

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS  VIRGINIA BEACH — One day this past month, service members at Naval Air Station Oceana spotted two different drones flying at the facility without authorization to do so. In addition to posing a hazard to U.S. Navy pilots… Continue Reading