Emma Clifton Makes Dean’s List

Emma Clifton of Leesburg, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Clifton is a freshman with a double major in Latin and Applied Math. She has also been invited to join the national classical studies honorary Eta Sigma Phi and the national mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon.  Clifton is pictured with the bust of Julius Caesar in the Classics Reading Room at Hillsdale College.

Remembering Daniel Everard Juraschek

Daniel E. Juraschek died Thursday, December 22 after a fall in his home in Charles Town, WV.

Juraschek, 36, earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and had worked in a number of environmental management positions in the Washington area and West Virginia, most recently as an environmental engineer and industrial health and safety consultant with the Martinsburg VA Medical Center; DuPont, BP Solar, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Town of Leesburg. Just before his death he had accepted a new position in environmental engineering with Booz Allen Hamilton.

He was born on April 25, 1980 in Washington, D.C., grew up in Manassas and Hillsboro, and graduated from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Longwood University in 2003. During his college years, he trained as an emergency medical technician.
Best known for his wonderful sense of humor, he was also an enthusiastic cook who loved entertaining in his home on the banks of the Shenandoah River where he opened his house, his heart and his life to one and all.

Juraschek is survived by his wife Dayna Wilhelm Juraschek; his daughters, Evelyn and Eliza, a foster child Kayla Gaydosh; his mother, Wanda Munsey Juraschek of Berryville; four siblings, Nathaniel Juraschek of Olathe, KS; Millie Shipe of Charlottesville; Amanda Balas of Middleway, WV, and Bethany Davis of Denver, CO; and by his grandparents, Ann and Everard Munsey of Leesburg and by his grandmother, Marcia Juraschek of Dumfries, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or one of these that most impacted his life: Missionary Jason Hamilton (C/O The Bridge Community Church, 112 S. Fairfax Blvd., Ranson, WV, 25438; www.modernday.org/field-workers/jason-adelyne-hamilton ); Servants 4 Him (PO Box 597, Hamilton, VA, 20159; www.servants4him.org ); Ashley Addiction Treatment (800 Tydings Ln, Havre De Grace, MD, 21078, https://www.ashleytreatment.org). Please share with his family which charity you choose and how it reminds you of him.

A viewing of Daniel E. Juraschek was held Monday, December 26, at Hall Funeral Home. The memorial service was Wednesday, December 28 at The Bridge Community Church in Ranson, WV.

Remembering Carolyn May Green

January 11, 1944 – January 12, 2017

There was nothing simple about Carolyn Green. She could be stubborn and compassionate. Mischievous and demanding. It was exactly this complex, fascinating mix of personality traits that made her the person she was. She had a strong will and an ability to be funny, joyous, and irreverent.

Green was lit with vibrant energy. Energy that led her into situations you would never have thought possible for a woman born in 1944 in a small town at the very bottom of the state of Georgia.

When Green threw herself into a project, there was no stopping her, or telling where her initial steps would lead. Her heart, her sense of loyalty and of right, her love of adventure, and her fearlessness propelled her throughout her entire life.

So, for instance, in 1977, when the van came to deliver a new pony to the Farm in Hamilton, and out stepped a starving thoroughbred mare that had been brought along to keep the pony quiet during the ride, she stepped right up and said she wouldn’t let the horse leave. She and her husband, Bud, were buying it. And they did. Next thing you knew, the Greens were in the race horse business, breeding foals from that mare, who turned out to have pretty good bloodlines. And, if having foals meant sleeping in a freezing barn in January during snowstorms because the vet might not be able to make it in time, so be it. Green hated the cold. But she’d do what she had to, to have an adorable foal kicking up its heels.

Or when Green walked into the office of Leesburg Today to complain that the paper wasn’t doing stories on land use around Hamilton. The editor, Brett Phillips, listened to her, understood that she had that grasp of people’s motivations that is the hallmark of a real journalist, and asked her if she wanted to be a reporter. Her first assignment, a trial run, as she told it, was to do a piece on homelessness in Leesburg. There isn’t any, she protested. Go look, he replied. Sure enough, she got the story. She went on to become one of the toughest investigative reporters around. But then she’d pivot, and write an entertaining feature about a local artist, easy as you please.

She was an extraordinary gardener. And she didn’t just spend her time crafting that garden; she was also a fearless decorator. But then again, she was also a gracious, fun hostess who put together extravagantly perfect parties for her friends.

There was plenty about where Green came from that made sense in this woman, raised by a strong woman in a family that loved each other fiercely. She learned about dedication from her mother, Elizabeth May, and the grandparents who helped raise her after her mother was left widowed with three young children. Carolyn, Betty, and Johnny teased and took care of each other from the beginning, cooking dinner, cleaning, and minding the garden. They had a childhood rich in love and the knowledge that the people they loved believed they were special, part of a clan that persevered through strong will. They were devoted to each and supported each other throughout their lives.

Green’s mother showed her how women could and should break down barriers. In 1946, to earn a living, Elizabeth May became the first woman in her Georgia county to open a store, turning her talent for smocking into The Tiny Princess shop. That clothes store had a 52-year run, becoming a model for businesswomen throughout the state.

She and Bud turned a rundown farmhouse into an elegant, beautiful home made for entertaining their friends and raising children and grandchildren. Carolyn and Bud’s attack on the place – the dry walling, stripping of bricks, painting of walls and doors, sanding of floors, recovering of furniture, and sewing – turned that rundown house into a showplace, a happy home.

But her understanding of people also meant that Green fought for what she thought was right. She never backed down on her convictions. She had no patience for people who thought themselves better than others. She hated injustice. When people tried to intimidate her, she dug in harder. But she also believed people could learn, situations could change. Rather than turn her back on what she thought was wrong, she acted.

Green loved her family completely and was there for them no matter what. She worried over them, but she was also just as vocal in her pride in their accomplishments. She went to endless tennis matches, band concerts, riding lessons, and play performances. She arranged the most amazing weddings for her children in the bank barn, and, with Bud, the most fabulous fundraisers for Habitat.

The end of her life was the final demonstration of Green’s strength and determination. She was just on the verge of coming home to the Farm and her family. She’d fought and dug in for more than two months while she was at the rehabilitation center in Charlottesville. She’d worked so hard to come off of the ventilator, showing that grit that made her who she was. And then, the wrong antibiotic in her body at the wrong time ended her fight for her.

Green is alive in the memories of her husband, Bud Green, children Craig and Heather Green, sister Betty Warwick, brother John May, and grandchildren Marley and Meghan Green, and Lilly Greer. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club and Keep Loudoun Beautiful.

Remembering George Kakouras

Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras.

Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant in Purcellville, and later partnered with John Pilalas there. In 1982 he started George’s Plaza Restaurant in Purcellville, where it is currently owned and operated by his son Nick.

George was an active and dedicated member of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Winchester, where he served as a Chantor for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department for fifteen years, the Purcellville Business Association and the Purcellville Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Maria Kakouras of Purcellville; two sons Van Kakouras (Cindy Laughlin) of Roanoke; Nick (Mary) Kakouras of Hillsboro; two daughters Elizabeth (Andrew) Chiarel of Lexington, SC; Bessie (Tony) Linkous of Purcellville; nine grandchildren Martha, Maria, Emily, Donny, George, Maria, Peter, Evva, and Georgia; and two sisters and one brother of Greece.

Visitation was held on Monday, December 26, at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville. Burial took place in the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro.

The family would like to thank DaVita Dialysis of Leesburg, for their wonderful care and concern during his illness. Also, they would like to thank the community for their ongoing love and support over the years. George will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and community.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or to the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22602.

Remembering Carrol Baker Crim

Carroll Baker Crim, Sr. of Purcellville, died in his home December 25, 2016.

Crim was born on September 25, 1920, the son of the late William M. and Mary E. Crim. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Giant Food before retiring. He also served as deacon at St. Paul’s Church.

He is survived by two sons Carroll, Jr. and wife Margaret of White Post, VA; Newton W. and wife Connie of Clearbrook, VA; two step sons, Gary Cooper of Purcellville and Aubrey of West Virginia; one daughter Dorthey E. Poland and husband Clinton of Round Hill; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, first wife Nellie P. and second wife Doris V.; two brothers and four sisters; two grandsons and one great grandson.

The family received friends on Wednesday December 28 and interment followed at Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Christian Community Church at St. Pauls, 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville, VA 20132.

Architect Kevin Ruedisueli – Preserving Loudoun’s Sense of Place

“A Sense of Place” is the term people use to express a special kind of endurance that certain towns, villages, and properties exhibit, despite the visible change in and around them. That old barn on the outskirts of town is gone, but the antique mart that took its place has a familiar feel to it. There are a few more stoplights in the village, but right outside of town that same herd of cows stares at you from over the fence. There’s a new development going up, but it’s hidden by a long line of old trees; and the entrance has been kept small and unobtrusive.

Kevin Ruedisueli is a Waterford architect who has experienced that sense of place, and now helps clients achieve it with their own building projects – a new wing and master bedroom for an old farm house in West Virginia, a seamless stone addition to a 19th Century brick home, a total rehabilitation of an almost lost log cabin in an historic district. He also works diligently with various local planning agencies and leaders to spread his vision of what Loudoun County can do as community to save its sense of place as it grows.

Ruedisueli knows that it’s not just growth and development that can threaten an area’s sense of place … it is growth and development that takes the lead as it comes in, knocking down and replacing, instead of enhancing and blending into, what is already there. Loudouners are very fortunate to have a guy like Ruedisueli in the mix – whether they are newcomers looking for the home of a lifetime, or long-term residents looking to do what they can to preserve the county’s rural essence.

Ruedisueli grew up in Falls Church, when it was still known as a rather wild suburb of Washington, DC. Falls Church was dominated for most of its natural history by the Potomac River, and dramatic geological and natural features such as Great Falls, Little Falls, and the Broad Run watershed. People whose family history is tied to the place see similarities between what was lost in Falls Church and what is under threat in western Loudoun. But, Ruedisueli, while very aware of the pressures to over-develop Loudoun, sees opportunity, too.

Growth can and does damage the environment, he says. But, professionals, including architects and planners, need to look beyond the politics, and see what they can do to make growth … better – for the environment, for architecture, for historic preservation, for quality of life. With the exception of America’s early city landscapes, the places where we live were all once a combination of rural and wild, notes Ruedisueli. “In my early years, I spent a lot of time on Staten Island, NY at my grandmother’s house. You look at the place today and can’t imagine that as kids we could walk down a dirt path to get to the water. Before it was developed, that’s the kind of environment we played in.” “Old Staten Island never left me,” continues the architect. “It also helped give me a knack for old homes, and inspired me,” he says.

Ruedisueli sees the home he built in Waterford on a pipestem lot with frontage on Catoctin Creek as an example of how to develop an area – in this case, one structure at a time – without erasing its prime or signature features.

In Loudoun, he explains, you have the suburban east, the Transition Policy Area in the middle – which he admits is under threat – and the rural west. The economy of the west is distinctly rural, says Ruedisueli. The thing that most people miss – the characteristics that make up its sense of place – is that it is a “rural economy that allows houses, not a series of residential communities surrounded by some remaining farmland. Residential is actually secondary to western Loudoun’s purpose.”

This point hints at Ruedisueli’s deep expertise and broad vision as both an architect and a planner.

The people defending Loudoun’s rural west, and people pushing for suburban-style development in the west, are coming from completely different places, and this makes for a very contentious planning atmosphere, says Ruedisueli. When suburban-style of development moves east to west, he explains, “You end up with projects that come in as isolated islands within a rural landscape.” There is no innovative blending, no new ideas, he argues. Even when a park is added to try to make it more compatible with the rural surroundings, designers send you plans for “an island of suburbia … with a park … surrounded by and unconnected to a beautiful rural landscape.”

In Ruedisueli’s experience, “We’re all part of the problem, and we’ve got to stop throwing things at each other.” In the vision of this architect/planner, the question we need to answer with respect to western Loudoun is not how to locate suburban-style development here, but how to preserve and enhance the features of the area that make it rural. This includes not only an individual building’s style and features, a 100-home development’s architectural style and features, or a transportation feature’s size and location, but how each functions within the rural landscape. What is their proximity to open spaces? How big are they, and in the case of the development, how dense? How do they connect to trails and roads? And how do they access rural economic centers, and community gathering places, such as farms, villages, churches, and community resources?

For his part, Ruedisueli cautions planners – and organizations that advise planners, such as Loudoun’s Zoning Ordinance Action Group – to pay strict attention to interconnectedness issues, and issues related to affordable housing – two things he hears about over and over again, and are right at the top of citizens’ agendas.

Here he goes back to the idea of avoiding the new-development-as-an-island pitfall, and preserving both the rural nature of the west, and the vibrant economy of farms and small towns that makes it such a special place to live.

Remembering Ila Nell Kinser

Ila Nell Kinser, age 92, of Berryville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1924 in Lee County, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Dewey and Flora Roberts.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Dudley W. Kinser, Sr., her two sisters, her brother, one granddaughter and one daughter in law.

Ila Nell is survived by her daughter Flora Focer of Millwood, VA, son Warren Kinser of Slanesville, WV, son Jim (Karen) Kinser of Locust Grove, VA, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

She was a woman of strong faith and a member of Potomac Baptist Church.

The family received friends on Thursday, December 29 and a celebration of life was held at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund for the Church of New Beginnings in Berryville.

Mosby Heritage Area Association Hero and Educator Awards Announced

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced the winners of their 2016 Heritage Hero Awards and its Educator of the Year Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The Mosby Heritage Area Educator of the Year Award is given to an educator who effectively incorporates the local historical landscape and its stories into their teaching and community outreach. Hero awards were given to Mary Thomason Morris and Al Van Huyck. The Educator of the Year Award was given to Richard Deardoff.

Mary Thomason Morris is a native of Front Royal and some of her family has lived there for over 250 years. In 1987, she began part-time work at the Handley Archives, the Warren Heritage Society, and the Clarke County Historical Association. Mary set up the original archives at the Warren Heritage Society upon the donation of a large collection and the Warren Heritage Society building their archives addition. In 1990, Mary left Warren Heritage Society and started concentrating on Clarke County Historical Association, as their Archivist. She is the author of “Connections & Partings: Marriages & Deaths from Clarke County Newspapers 1859-1884.” She has co-authored several other works on ancestry and geneology in Clarke County. Mary is the go-to person for any questions about genealogy or family history in Clarke County.

Al Van Huyck, who has lived in Loudoun County since the 1960’s, has a total interest in heritage and environmental protection. A retired International Planner and a former Board member of the Virginia Citizens Planning Association and the Older Americans Humanities Corporation, he was a member of the Loudoun County Planning Commission from 1996 to 2003 and was Chairman when the Revised General Plan was prepared. He was active in preparing the Mountain Overlay District and the River and Stream Corridor Overlay District. He is a member of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, the Waterford Foundation, the Friends of Oatlands, and Young Life Loudoun. He is a founder and past President of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most recently, he is the current chair of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition. He has promoted smart growth policies and continued to have a key role in amending the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan especially in the area of “rural conservation”.

Richard Deardoff is a United States Coast Guard Veteran and has spent four decades teaching US Government, History, and American Civil War History at Fauquier High School and Kettle Run High School, from where he recently retired. Rich has both a Master’s Degree in Administration and Political Science. He is a member of the Civil War Trust, Longstreet Society, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. The Brandy Station Foundation awarded him the Volunteer of the Year in 2007. Rich’s classes were required to participate in local community service projects, often focusing on history or education. His students started the “Save the Waterloo Bridge” Facebook page, which currently has over 2,800 likes since its creation several years ago, and is meant to share its history and advocate for its preservation. Because of Rich’s many efforts, he has twice been named the Fauquier County Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2008, the Civil War Trust Teacher of the Year in 2011, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Teacher of the Year in 2011.

Mary Morris, Al Van Huyck, Rich Deardoff. By Douglas Lees

Mary Morris, Al Van Huyck, Rich Deardoff. By Douglas Lees

What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

By Amanda Clark

Henry Carlson – Purcellville
“For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

katiehunsuckerKatie Hunsucker – Waterford
“One thing that is special to me about the holidays is my family. Before Christmas, my family always holds a celebration at my house where we exchange ornaments and presents with each other. It is my favorite time of the year.”

katemccarthyKate McCarthy – Round Hill
“The holidays are special to me because everyone gets to come together in love and be thankful for the things that they have which may be forgotten on a daily basis. It gives everyone a time to be surrounded by people they care about and reflect and enjoy each other’s company.”

kellykeaneKelly Keane – Hillsboro
“The holidays are such a special time in my house. We always decorate the house early, making it smell like pine until February, and bake cookies every Christmas Eve. I love being with my family around the fireplace as we just spend time together and relax. It makes Christmas so special.”

carolinehansonCaroline Hanson – Hamilton
“The holidays are special to me because of the snow. I used to live in a tropical area where there was no snow so now snow really ties the holidays together. I love all of the lights and decorations that come with the whole time of the year; it has this wonderful feel to it that makes me feel like I am living in a snow globe.”

mccoyschroaderMcCoy Schroader – Leesburg
“The holidays are special to me because I love to play Christmas music and spend time with family and friends. The music helps bring everyone together and brighten the mood during the cold months.”

ashleymcmillanAshley McMillan – Lovettsville
“What’s so special to me about the holidays is that I finally get to kick back and relax with the ones that mean a lot to me. Senior year has been really hectic with so many changes soon to come, so it’s nice to finally get a chance to slow down for a change.”

elysemorrisElyse Morris – Bluemont
“During the holidays, I love the heightened sense of friendship and community that is present. It is a wonderful excuse to get together with family, and everybody is more neighborly and giving. It is so refreshing to see people connecting with one another in a way that doesn’t happen during any other time of year. I also love holiday baking!”

Dear Elaine, Goodbye for Now, I’ll See You in the Watchfires

The newly opened Museum of African-American of History and Culture in Washington has many, many precious things within its walls – tens of thousands of artifacts, mementos, and symbols of dreams-come-true that tell the African-American journey from slave ship to President of the United States.

The items range from the profoundly sad to the impossibly proud. A shard of glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama where four little girls lost their lives in a Sunday morning bombing in 1963. A Gold Medal won by Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympics.

There among them is a gift to America from a remarkable woman named Elaine Thompson, a long-time resident of Hamilton who passed from this life to the next on Sunday, October 9.

The gift is a small tin box that belonged to Elaine’s great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Trammel. Inside the box are Joseph’s 1852 freedom papers. “Certification” that the then-21-year-old was a freeman. Not bound to any man except himself.

Elaine Thompson dedicated her life to telling the African-American story through family members like Trammell – and everyone she met along the way. That was her life. That was her job. Whether teaching high school English, or volunteering at a bake sale to benefit black history, or working on her many, many history and research projects, that was her mission.

Elaine never stopped. She chaired the Emancipation Day in Purcellville. She secured a highway marker for the Emancipation grounds. She accepted speaking engagements every chance she got, and said something really worth thinking about each time she did. She helped found the Balch Library’s Black History Committee. And, she was a mentor that the young and old went to, to learn how to excel at celebrating and living your best values.

I knew Elaine only briefly in this life. But, every time she shared an article with me, worked with me to plan an event, waved at me from across the room and gave me a warm smile, or simply poured me a glass of iced tea at her kitchen table, she made an impression on me. Upbeat … then quiet … but always with her eye on the cause. Always looking for an opportunity to share a story or listen to one of mine. Always wanting to know if I’d seen any of our mutual friends recently … and how they were. She always made an impression on me.

Jason Nichols, Elaine’s nephew, posted the picture you see here on her Facebook page on October 10, the day after she had moved on to her next life. Next to the picture he wrote six simple words, “My beautiful, brilliant aunt, Elaine Thompson.” Beautiful. Brilliant. Yes, I agree.

In my favorite of Elaine’s books, “In The Watchfires: The Loudoun County Emancipation Association 1890-1971,” she tells the story of how local African-Americans stuck by each other, protected each other, and all arrived at a better place, the safety of the watchfires, together.

I don’t want to say goodbye to Elaine. I’ll simply say, “Goodbye, for now. I’ll see you in the watchfires.”

Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated into French and Creole were included to help Haitians best use the tablets.

The club also passed an emergency funds bucket, raising just over $600. These funds were combined with funds raised by the Rotary Club of Centreville and sent to Haiti. The two clubs have been involved in a joint effort to build a school in Chantal, Haiti.

Remembering Lee Jacobs

Garland Lee Jacobs “Lee” (67) passed away peacefully in his home on September 22. Born February 9, 1949 in Loudoun County, to James Garland Jacobs and Darse Louise Arnold. Jacobs is survived by his two sons Jeff L. Jacobs and Steve D. Jacobs, stepdaughter Patti Pierson Hausenfluck as well as numerous grand and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife Doris Jacobs and stepson Charlie Pierson.

Along with being a loving husband, father grandfather and friend to many, Jacobs was well-known by the community for his longtime service at Nichols hardware in Purcellville.

Visitation were held on Thursday September 29 at Hall Funeral Home, and the service was held Friday, September 30. Jacobs is laid to rest in the Lovettsville Union Cemetery.

Leesburg Native Serves aboard Guided-Missile Destroyer

By Lt. Cmdr. David Daitch, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2010 Loudoun County High School graduate and Leesburg native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS O’Kane.
Ensign Alissa Kain is the OI division officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

“I’m in charge of the dark room with all the radar screens,” said Kain. “We make sure the ship gets where it needs to go, managing flight operations, and shooting down ballistic missiles if it ever comes to that.”

According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.

“Our Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific guided-missile destroyers are poised, trained, equipped and ready to deploy forward and support the Fleet,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “Working with friends and allies, our MIDPAC sailors provide sea control, advance maritime security, enhance regional stability, and foster continued prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

“I’m learning something new every day while serving here,” said Kain. “It’s interesting how small the ship is, and how well we work together to make big things happen.”