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Manitowoc Sailor Returns Home After Middle East Deployment

Miller_Dallas.jpgA 2011 Roncalli High School graduate and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, native is one of 1,200 sailors who recently returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment aboard USS Iwo Jima.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Dallas Miller is a Navy information systems technician aboard the Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship, who recently deployed to the Middle East and Mediterranean areas of operation. For more than half of the sailors aboard Iwo Jima, the six-month journey served as their first deployment, according to Navy officials.

A Navy information systems technician is responsible for being the system administrator for the networks onboard ship.

“The satisfaction of solving a very difficult issue with someone’s computer or network is my favorite part of this job,” Miller said.

Miller credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Manitowoc.

“We look out for one another and help our fellow sailors in need,” Miller said.

Iwo Jima made port calls in Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Aqaba, Jordan, and Malaga, Spain. The visits helped grow the strong alliance between the U.S. and its partner nations as well as providing an opportunity for the crew to experience cultures from around the world, according to Navy officials.

Deployed since Feb. 7 as part of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), the ship participated in exercises Juniper Cobra and Eager Lion. It also hosted a 10-day embarkation of Egyptian naval officers to discuss concepts of amphibious naval operations and strengthen partner nation capabilities.

“This deployment was the most high-tempo one I’ve experienced in my 25-year naval career,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “The entire Navy and Marine Corps team performed extraordinarily well in an incredibly dynamic environment throughout deployment. The sailors and Marines working on equipment, launching aircraft on the flight deck, conducting amphibious operations, navigating the ship and standing watch down in the plant were all at the absolute top of their game. This is an amazing group of sailors and Marines, and I am honored to serve with them.”

Though there are many ways for a sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Miller is most proud of being credited as a subject matter expert on Global Command and Control System (GCCS).

“I had to figure out the problem, solve it and then train others on how to solve the problem on their own,” Miller said.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Miller and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy makes sure that my family is taken care of,” Miller said. “I have always wanted to join the Navy since I was a little kid.”

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