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Tending the Side: A Navy Tradition

Rainbow sideboys render honors as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrives aboard the then future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it transited the Strait of Magellan, Aug. 19, 2014. America was traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet areas of responsibility on its maiden transit, “America visits the Americas”. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Graham/Released)

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Daniel Garas Naval History and Heritage Command Welcoming dignitaries and visitors of special attention aboard ships carries with it the ancient nautical custom of tending the side. In modern age, the physical process of coming aboard a ship is as simple as walking up …

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History and Display of Military Awards and Ribbons

Vice Adm. Robin Braun awards Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Paul Marticorena a Navy Commendation medal April 10, 2014, in honor of being selected as the Reserve Component Sailor of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Garas Defense Logistics Agency Public Affairs The practice of using military decorations to honor individuals or fighting organizations dates back to antiquity.   Early awards were usually used to recognize leaders in the nobility and military class of society. According to the Rosicrucian …

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