Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Nashville promoted the benefits of military service to school district employees and superintendents from across the country during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education.
A few feet from the heart of downtown Nashville, shoes shuffled into lines outside Bridgestone Arena. But the shoes did not belong to fans waiting to see the Nashville Predators game later that night. No one wore hockey jerseys in this crowd.
In a vast room filled with exhibits for Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Dow Chemical and Google, a steady stream of young students and qualified engineers filed under a tent marked with five simple words: A global force for good.
Most people don't wear a hard hat to paint a wall. But he proudly did with an anchor on front. If his combat boots and camouflage pants didn't give it away, then his shirt, which celebrated a deployment of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, certainly did.
They call it the Opposing Knife Edge.
For the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, it is one of more than 30 tricks they regularly perform during their shows at air fields across the country.
When Rear Adm. Annie Andrews, commander, Navy Recruiting Command, finished thanking the young Sailor in the corner of the conference room for his brief, she ended her sentence with two unexpected words: Chief Select.
When people think of the Toys for Tots Program in the holiday season, most remember smiling children and dress uniforms of the U.S. Marine Corps. However this year, local residents of Murfreesboro, Tenn., may have a different uniform in their mind - Navy crackerjacks.
For the better part of two decades, Rebecca Murray has faithfully travelled to the Bristol Motor Speedway for their bi-annual races to see the festivities, the cars, the crashes, and more often than not, Navy Sailors.
They had six particular motivations and six diverse stories. But they all left with the shared opportunity to achieve something better. Every time, this result brings a smile to Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christian De Knikker.