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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Amie A. Arizmendi, daughter of Valeria S. and Stephen R. Petrisko of 3511 Dalevue Drive, here in Waynedale, is halfway through 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.

During the first half of the deployment, Arizmendi's ship was visited by nine U.S. Senators. They toured the ship and thanked the crew for their service during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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.

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