On Friday, Aug. 11, at Breezy Point Officer’s Club, Naval Station Norfolk, Va., a retirement ceremony was held in honor of Cryptologic Technician Collection First Class (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Teresa Gaddy Arnold, U.S. Navy.

This prestigious event marked 20 years of Naval Service to the United States.

Commander Robert J. Gibson, Fleet Cryptologist, COMSECONDFLT, was the presiding officer and guest speaker along with CWO3 James Sireci, Officer in Charge, Center for Informa-tion Dominance Learning Site.

Along with her husband Mark, and son Ryan, honored guests included her brother Jack W. Gaddy and sister-in-law Cori Gaddy, Mike and Tanya Davis, neighbors and shipmates.

Petty Officer Arnold is the daughter of the late Jack and Helen Gaddy of Albemarle. She entered into the delayed entry program Oct. 25, 1985 and on Aug. 11, 1986 she reported to Active Duty for eight weeks of boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.

After completion of bootcamp, she transferred to Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla., for CTR "A" school mastering the skill of copying Morse code along with various other responsibilities.

Past duty stations include: Naval Security Group Activity Edzell, Scotland - Naval Security Group Activity Hanza, Okinawa, Japan - Naval Security Group Activity Northwest, Virginia - USS WASP (LHD-1) - Naval Security Group Activity Norfolk, Va., and Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, Va.

Highlights of the ceremony were when Petty Officer Arnold was awarded the Meritorious Service Award along with a plaque to commemorate her Meritorious Naval Service from October 1986 – August 2006.

Petty Officer Arnold was awarded her second Navy and Marine Corps Achieve-ment Medal, presented with a Letter of Appreciation from the president of the United States and Comman-der-in Chief of the Armed Forces, George W. Bush.

She was also presented with Letters of Appreciation from Tim Kaine, Governor of Virginia, Michael F. Eas-ley, governor of North Caro-lina and her Fleet Reserve Certificate.

Her shipmates gave her a wooden shadowbox depicting highlights of her career which included a flag flown over the USS WASP (LHD-1) marking the day she stepped foot on this mighty warship April 16, 2000 in the Adriatic Sea.

After the Flag Passing ceremony and the reading of Olde Glory, Petty Officer Arnold presented her brother, Jack W. Gaddy, with the flag used during the ceremony that was flown from the forward mast of the USS North Carolina (BB-55) on his birthday, Feb. 18, 2006.

Naval Awards include:

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)

Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2)

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Battle “E” (2)

Good Conduct Medal (6)

National Defense Medal (2)

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Sea Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon (8)

While stationed onboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) Petty Officer Arnold earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) designators.

Ports of call included Israel, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Palma, Crete, Sicily, Bahrain, and Nova Scotia.

Petty Officer Arnold lives in Chesapeake, Va., with her husband Mark, son Ryan, and Mewtwo the cat.

She is currently employed by the KAEGAN Corpora-tion as a Curriculum Developer for the Center for Security Forces (CSF), Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va.

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