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    Blue Angel Chief Receives Bob Feller Award

    PENSACOLA, Fla. — Chief Logistics Specialist Jairo Guity, stationed at the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, was announced as the recipient of the 2019 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, Sept. 17.

    Capt. Eric C. Doyle, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels, surprised Guity, a native of La Ceiba, Honduras, with the announcement during an all-hands call.

    The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation recognizes and honors our service men and women who proudly serve our country. The award and Bob Feller's story teach the youth of today about citizenship, service to one’s country, and sacrifice in times of great national need. The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, a private nonprofit organization, inspires the youngest generation with the legacy of the greatest generation.

    “I can’t think of a more deserving leader to win this award than Chief Guity,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Fredy Nunez. “His dedication to his Sailors is never-ending. I’m not surprised at all that he is being recognized with this prestigious award.”

    This award recognizes one baseball hall of famer, one current Major League Baseball player, and one U.S. Navy chief petty officer, each communities of which Feller was a member.

    “I always try my best to do right by my Sailors,” said Guity. “I had a lot of excellent chiefs throughout the years and every day I try to emulate their best qualities. It’s in my nature to help. I love to help people.”

    During the all-hands call, Doyle spoke of Guity’s community involvement and the success of his Sailors.

    “If you don’t have a mentor right now, I’d go to Chief Guity,” Doyle said. “His actions on and off duty reflect his commitment not only to the Blue Angels, but to the Navy and his Sailors.”

    Guity  joined the Navy in 2001 out of The Bronx, New York. His sea tours include the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116. His shore tours include Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 and Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella-Rota. While serving with the Blue Angels, Guity has logged 1,300 volunteer hours and served as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity program coordinator, Command Fitness Leader, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Mentorship Program Coordinator.

    At the age of 23, during the peak of his professional baseball career, Bob Feller enlisted in the Navy the day after the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Despite being eligible for a deferment, he put his baseball career on hold and became the first American professional athlete to enlist in the military, earning 6 campaign ribbon and 8 battle stars.

    After being honorably discharged from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, Feller continued his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians, winning 266 games and throwing 3 no-hitters over the course of 18 Major League seasons.

    The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 500 million fans.

    The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the United States and Canada.

    For more information about the Blue Angels, including the 2019 air show schedule, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.

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    Date Taken: 09.17.2019
    Date Posted: 09.19.2019 13:41
    Story ID: 342440
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 

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