Sailor returns home to Belleville for the holidays

Sailor returns home to Belleville for the holidays

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A Belleville native serving in the United States Navy will return home to celebrate the holidays with family. “The holidays are so special to me,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Jizel Orozco said. “Everyone clears their schedules to make themselves fully available for family time. Every New Year’s Eve, my family and I […]

East Orange salutes its veterans in ceremony

East Orange salutes its veterans in ceremony

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The city of East Orange honored the sacrifices and courage of its veterans during its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11, recognizing two special honorees: East Orange Fire Capt. Stanley E. White, who was bestowed the Stanley E. Costley Award for the Highest Ranking City Veteran, and Mayor’s Office of […]

Essex County commissioners celebrate Veterans Day, honor those who served

Essex County commissioners celebrate Veterans Day, honor those who served

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners held its 2021 Veterans Day celebration via Zoom. The ceremony, which returned after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, honored the patriotism and sacrifice of the men and women who have served the United States, and recognized specific veterans of […]

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lands at West Orange HS

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lands at West Orange HS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was an exciting Veterans Day morning on Nov. 11 as a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter landed on Conforti Field at West Orange High School. A team of National Guardsmen arrived with the helicopter, brought in from Lakehurst as part of the Air Force Jr. ROTC training program. After disembarking, […]

Newark native serves with Navy Electronic Attack Squadron

Newark native serves with Navy Electronic Attack Squadron

OAK HARBOR, WA — Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Naranjo, a native of Newark, New Jersey, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 131. “I wanted to pay for college and become a United States citizen,” Naranjo said. “I was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S. in 2000 when I was […]

Newark native serves aboard U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship

Newark native serves aboard U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship

SAN DIEGO, CA — Seaman Mikal Carter, a native of Newark, joined the Navy almost two years ago and now serves as a culinary specialist aboard USS Tripoli. “I joined the Navy because I wanted to try something new,” Carter said. Growing up in Newark, Carter attended Marion P. Thomas Charter School and graduated in […]

US Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal in Orange

US Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal in Orange

ORANGE, NJ — Members of the National Montford Point Marine Association assembled in Orange on Aug. 1 for a solemn ceremony awarding a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Newark native Matthew Edward Harris. Harris served in the segregated ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 in Okinawa in the Pacific Theater.  The […]

Navy technician from Newark participates in warfare exercise

Navy technician from Newark participates in warfare exercise

PHILIPPINE SEA — Surface Sonar Technician 2nd Class Khayri Gray-Hill, from Newark, monitors frequencies during a recent anti-submarine warfare exercise aboard Arleigh Burke–class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold during Pacific Griffin 2021. Pacific Griffin is considered the most complex and warfare-centric bilateral engagement between the U.S. and Singaporean navies and represents a continued investment in the […]

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