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Denmark Native Volunteers in Fargo Community

navyguy.jpgA 2000 Denmark High School graduate and Denmark, Wisconsin, native recently volunteered for Emergency Food Pantry North Dakota during Fargo-Moorhead Metro Navy Week.

Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Piontek is a supply officer serving at Trident Refit Facility located on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. He is responsible for coordinating and processing food orders, and ordering and expediting spare parts for ballistic missile submarines stationed on the East Coast.

“What I enjoy most about my job is knowing at the end of the day, we are keeping the submarines’ missions capable of protecting our country,” he said.

When asked what it means to him to volunteer in the Fargo community, Piontek said, “It’s very rewarding seeing the upbeat and positive attitude of the people that I work with. The community is grateful to see us, it is a very eye-opening experience.”

The Emergency Food Pantry is a food distribution program whose mission is to provide hungry families and individuals with wholesome food to tide them over during times of crisis, unemployment, fire, family violence, medical problems, and other difficult situations.

Pointek has family members with prior military service and is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“Both my grandfather and uncle were in the Army,” he said. “My grandfather was a cook during WWII and my uncle served in Vietnam. My uncle paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His name is on the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.”

Navy Weeks focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects. It brings sailors from different units across the United States to conduct focused outreach events with members of the community in conjunction with an airshow featuring the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels.

Pointek’s proudest accomplishment serving in the Navy is completing his first deployment serving on USS Scranton, while homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.

“I was the supply officer and accountable for the overall supplies of 120 sailors,”  he added. “For a few months on last deployment, they only had chili and rice for meals for the entire crew. While I was serving onboard, I ensured sustainability with various meals the sailors could choose from. This improved morale on a daily basis.”

Serving in the Navy has made Pointek a better overall person both professionally and personally.

“It means I have the opportunity to excel in professional development in different environments in multiple locations,” he said.

Trident Refit Facility’s mission is to provide quality industrial and logistics support for the incremental overhaul, modernization, and repair of Trident submarines and to provide global submarine supply support.

The command also provides maintenance and support services to other submarines, regional maintenance customers, and other activities as requested.


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