Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

Valley Special

Carnation resident graduates from Navy school

  Navy seaman Recruit Justin C. Van Wyhe, son of Chris G. and Kathy H. Van Wyhe of Carnation, recently graduated from the Navy's Basic Nuclear Power School at Naval Submarine School, Groton, Connecticut.

   During the six-month course, Van Wyhe received fundamental training in several technical fields related to the nuclear power program. Van Wyhe studied basic mathematics and physics for three months in preparation for hands-on training later in the course.

   In the latter half of the course, Van Wyhe spent hours familiarizing himself with nuclear reactor theory and operations.

   With his newly acquired knowledge, Van Wyhe is prepared to operate a reactor on a nuclear powered submarine, cruiser or aircraft carrier, ensuring the availability of propulsion and power. Van Wyhe's work enables his fellow sailors to safely and effectively operate the ship's combat and navigational systems.

   As a graduate of Basic Nuclear Power School, Van Wyhe demonstrates his tremendous ability to excel in a naval force of more than 400,000 men and women. Whether assigned to ships, squadrons or shore commands around the world, men and women such as Van Wyhe are making a difference as they work to improve their knowledge and skill as part of the most highly technical naval force in history.

   The 1998 graduate of Cedarcrest High School joined the Navy in September 1998.