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Lakeside native serves aboard Navy warship in San Diego

By Ashley Craig
Navy Office of Community Outreach

SAN DIEGO – Petty Officer 3rd Class Adonis Dario, a native of Lakeside, California, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Tripoli operating out of San Diego.

Dario joined the Navy one year ago. Today, Dario serves as a culinary specialist.

“I joined the Navy to support my family,” said Dario. “Knowing I have a way to support my family gives me relief. It allows us to be able to go out and do stuff like watch movies, eat and travel.”

Tripoli is an amphibious assault carrier that provides pres¬ence and power projection as an integral part of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Maritime Expeditionary Forces. Supports Marine Air/Ground Task Force requirements, from small-scale contingency operations to Expe¬ditionary Strike Group operations to forcible entry missions in major theaters of war.

“The sailors who make up Team Tripoli really are the best the Navy has to offer,” said Capt. Gary Harrington, commanding officer of Tripoli. “We say it all the time, our Navy is nothing without the men and women who serve on the deckplates each and every day. I truly believe that the continued success of our Navy, and Tripoli specifically, is due in no small part to the contributions of our sailors.”

With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to recruiting and retaining talented people from across the rich fabric of America.

“We will earn and reinforce the trust and confidence of the American people every day,” said Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Chief of Naval Operations. “Together we will deliver the Navy the na¬tion needs.”

Dario has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service.

“I’m proud I’ve been able to travel and see the world,” said Dario. “Not everyone is able to travel the world and I’ve had the opportunity to see it. The only bad thing is I couldn’t bring my family along, but I could bring them some souvenirs.”

Dario serves a Navy that op¬erates far forward, around the world and around the clock, promoting the nation’s prosperity and security.

“Serving in the Navy means a lot to me,” said Dario. “I never thought about joining the Navy. In my younger days, I dreamed of joining the military, but not specifically the Navy. I’m able to support my family. I also want to build confidence in myself. The Navy is a great place to learn leadership and how to manage people. I love that I joined.”

Dario is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I want to thank my leadership and my chain of command,” added Dario. “My chain of command provided opportunities for me and enhanced my leadership capabilities in developing sail¬ors. I also want to thank my wife for supporting me in all of my endeavors.”

Printed courtesy U.S. Navy.

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