Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Amie A. Arizmendi, daughter of Valeria S. and Stephen R. Petrisko of 3511 Dalevue Drive, Waynedale, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

Arizmendi was one of more than 10,000 Atlantic Fleet Sailors and Marines aboard the ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Battle Group and USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group that proudly participated in Operation Enduring Freedom.

During the deployment, Arizmendi’s ship traveled more than 50,000 miles, launched more than 10,000 aircraft and dropped 1.7 million pounds of ordinance. Sailors and Marines were also visited by nine U.S. senators, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and actor David Keith from the movie “BEHIND ENEMY LINES”. The ship also celebrated the 226th birthday of the Marine Corps.

Carriers like USS Theodore Roosevelt are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors, and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

Arizmendi is a 1995 graduate of Derry Area High School of Derry, Indiana and joined the Navy in July 1997. For more information about the deployment with high resolution photos visit the USS Theodore Roosevelt web site at or visit the Navy newsstand at



Marine Corps Pfc. Corey B. Trosper, a 2001 graduate of Wayne High School recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Trosper successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Trosper and fellow recruits began their training at 5am each day by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Trosper spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Trosper and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values—honor, courage, and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Trosper and fellow recruits ended the training phase with THE CRUCIBLE, a 54-hour team effort, problem solving evolution which culminated with an emotional ceremony in which the recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as “Marines” for the first time since boot camp began.

More Stories You'll Enjoy!