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    Posted June 2, 2014 by
    Mitchell, South Dakota
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    Salute to troops

    Petty Officer Joshua Haiar

    I would like to salute my son, Petty Officer Joshua Haiar. His father, brothers and I are extremely proud of his many accomplishments: After graduating from boot camp, he was sent to DC, where he quickly got thought his training to become a member of the Ceremonial Guard. While there he served as a member of the firing party and as Operations Petty Officer, overseeing the assignment of over 350 personnel. He oversaw the scheduling, manning and transportation for 800 ceremonies. He was a fully qualified member of the firing party and participated in over 100 funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. He, also, assisted in the training and qualification of junior firing party members. Upon completion of his assignment in DC, he received the the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his superior performance. He currently servicing as a Mass Communications Specialist assigned to an aircraft carrier. He recently returned from a 10 month deployment at sea.

    He is, also, a very talented artist. He does get the opportunity to put those talents to work for the Navy from time to time, as well. And, he does some commissioned artwork on the side, as well.

    We, and the rest of his extended family, are extremely proud of Josh and we love him more than words can express!
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