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Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Visits NAS Sigonella

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Story Number: NNS100102-01
Release Date: 1/2/2010 10:15:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Idle, Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs

SIGONELLA, Sicily (NNS) -- U.S. 6th Fleet commander held two all-hands calls and toured 6th Fleet assets Dec. 30 during his visit to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella.

Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., U.S. 6th Fleet and the Striking and Support Forces NATO, concurrently serves as the Joint Force Maritime Component commander, Naples; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; and deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

Harris started off the off the day by addressing tenant commands under his area of responsibility (AOR) including Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Division (AIMD), Commander Task Force 67 (CTF-67) and Joint Mobile Ashore Support Terminal (JMAST).

Following the first all-hands call, Harris had lunch with a select group of Sailors before touring Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8.

EODMU 8 set up a number of static displays of equipment to show Harris the equipment they use for training and field operations.

Once Harris finished his tour, he held an all-hands call with the command and presented several EODMU 8 personnel with awards.

Harris highlighted the importance of all Sailors in today's military.

"What you all do in your very disciplined jobs matters to our nation on a fundamental level," Harris said. "Everyone of you are a part of a significant effort in our nation's fight against terror."

Harris specifically mentioned EODMU 8 and all of their support staff as playing a vital role in the challenging missions the Navy faces today.

"More than any other unit, the folks in explosive ordnance disposal teams are doing significant work at that cutting edge," said Harris. "You're carrying the load for the rest of us. I'm honored to be with you today, and I'm honored to serve in the same Navy as all of you."

Harris took the time to thank all of the Sailors for their service before departing.

"I ask that you remember our brothers and sisters who're in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in the Horn of Africa, at sea and in the air," Harris said. "Think of them in your prayers, and make sure that they know and their families know that we're behind them 100 percent. Just as we're behind all of you when you deploy as well."

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