NOSC Tucson Sailor Offers Support in Aftermath of Arizona Killings

Story Number: NNS110110-08Release Date: 1/10/2011 4:08:00 PM
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By Navy Operational Support Center Tucson Public Affairs

TUCSON, Ariz. (NNS) -- A Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Tucson, Ariz., Sailor was recalled to civilian duties following the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Jan. 8.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Sharlene Tzystuck was called away from her Navy drill weekend to return to her civilian post as a law enforcement officer.

"One of our Sailors works for law enforcement in Tucson, and in a reverse of normal Navy Reserve mobilizations, she was recalled to civilian duty during the Navy drill weekend," said NOSC Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Ross Orvik.

Six people, including a federal judge, a Giffords aide and a 9-year-old girl, were killed in the shooting, and 14, including Giffords, were wounded.

Giffords visited the NOSC five weeks earlier as an honored guest at a pre-deployment family readiness conference where she met with Reserve Sailors and their families.

"We had scheduled an awards ceremony for the day after the shooting and in a fitting tribute we began with a moment of silence to honor all the victims," Orvik said.

With the tragedy still fresh in their minds, the Reserve Sailors began to build a wall of support for the victims.

"We began collecting notes of encouragement for the congresswoman and other victims, filling up four posterboards from our Sailors here for personal delivery to her local office," Orvik said.

One message stated, "the officers and crew of Navy Operational Support Center Tucson offer their sincere condolences to the families of those killed in this violent act of 8 January. Our thoughts and prayers are also with those wounded and injured during the attack; especially to Congresswoman Giffords, a Navy spouse and supporter of the Armed Forces and veterans. We wish for a speedy recovery for all involved."

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