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Dayton native serves aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

"They honestly work harder than most people I've ever known."

(Dennis Grube/ USS Makin Island Public Affairs) ARABIAN GULF -- Ensign David C. Nygren, a native of Dayton, is assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as the main propulsion division officer in the Engineering Department. He has been in the Navy for one year and three months.

Nygren, a 2013 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, entered the Navy with the goal of earning a career in nuclear power. He said the Navy seemed like the best way to start a career in the nuclear engineering field. During his days aboard the ship, he has found the camaraderie amongst his peers to be a perk to the long hours on deployment.

"Working with a lot of people from various backgrounds that join the military and find a common sense of purpose is my favorite part of the job," said Nygren. "They honestly work harder than most people I've ever known."

While gathering an appreciation for teamwork, Nygren said he still has personal goals that he would like to complete by the end of deployment. He said they are mostly qualification-driven. He has already achieved the first which is qualifying as officer of the deck. His next goal is to earn the Surface Warfare Officer qualification.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Comments

Spongebob

"He has been in the Navy for one year and three months.

Nygren, a 2013 graduate of the United States Naval Academy..."

I have been staring at this story for a couple of weeks now, and it bugs me. I don't understand how a graduate of the Naval Academy could be said to have been in the Navy for only one year and three months. The entire four years at the Academy count as active duty service service time, meaning he has been in the Navy for five years and three months, of which, he has been an officer for one year and three months. Ok, got that off my chest. I feel better now.

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