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Introducing: NavyLive Pilot Blogger, LTJG Jeff Ryan

Lieutenant Junior Grade Jeff Ryan is a pilot in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21. LTJG Ryan is a 2008 Naval Academy graduate preparing for an upcoming deployment with the 2515th Navy Air Ambulance Detachment and will be sharing his experiences leading up to and during his deployment with you here on NavyLive.

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180 Days

The following is a non-fiction essay written by U.S. Navy Commander Andrew Garlington's daughter, Emily Garlington, describing her experience as a little girl while her father was deployed.

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Coming home…

A few weeks ago, I came home. End of deployment. “Hello USA, oh how I’ve missed you!” It was fantastic. Every homecoming is fantastic. I’ve walked off a ship, walked off a flight line and now walked through an airport security barrier.

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Navy Medicine Caring For Wounded, Ill and Injured

Marine Cpl. Michael Pride, 29, from Kansas City, Mo., joined the U.S. Marine Corps in May 2007 and was trained as a motor transportation operator. He deployed in March 2008 with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment out of Twentynine Palms, to serve in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In Sept. 2008, during his final month in theater, Cpl. Pride was on a convoy in Farah Province when his Humvee was struck by an IED and rolled over, crushing his left arm and mortally wounding his platoon Sergeant.

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Navy Appoints New Ombudsman-at-Large

Brandy Clingan was appointed as Ombudsman-at-Large today by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. Ombudsmen help commanders and commanding officers have a better understanding of the welfare of the command's families. They assist commands and their families to be better prepared to meet emergency situations.

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