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Patch Photographer Off to the U.S. Navy

Gig Harbor High School grad Chris Case is shipping out to Illinois next week to start his training with the U.S. Navy.

As a journalist, I have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented writers and photographers in the field.

Since day one, photographer Chris Case has proven to be an essential member of the Patch family.

Now it’s time to say farewell to Chris, at least for a little while.

Next week, the 19-year-old grad will be off to Great Lakes, Ill., where he’ll spend the next few months at its Naval Training Center.

Chris, who enlisted this April, said having his stepfather also serve in the U.S. Navy was a big factor in his decision.

He plans to specialize in the Submarine Electronics Computer Field (SECF) and work on everything from navigation to firing system of the vessel.

“The basic training will be challenging, but it will be rewarding. I’m excited to serve the country,” Chris said.

After he finishes training in August, he’ll move to Groton, Conn., for six to nine months of submarine school.

As a Gig Harbor resident for the past 12 years, Chris said he’s both nervous and excited as he prepares to start a new chapter in his life.

“I’ll miss the small town atmosphere, and the accessibility of the Puget Sound,” he said.

In addition to snapping photos for Patch, Chris volunteered as a Bible school leader for middle school students at . He also served as a Gig Harbor Police Explorer. In fact, Chris is working his final event at the this weekend.

From everyone at Patch, we wish you the best, and thank you for serving our country, Chris!

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Check out some of Chris' work on Patch.

phil June 02, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Best wishes to my Dixie Cup...from Geritol.
Akiko Oda June 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thanks for all the hard work, Chris! We'll miss you in the harbor!
Michelle Smith June 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Congratulations, Chris! Best wishes on your future adventures!
Eric Anderson June 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thanks for all the work you did in my life at youthgroup Chris! stay in contact. P.S. while you are relaxing on the boat give us a skype. ;)
Chris Case July 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Hello Everyone! One week left of boot camp. I will graduate next friday. I am in the home stretch. I run Battle Stations tomorrow and Monday will be a USN Sailor. Thank you for your comments, and i have missed getting to report information arround the Harbor! Keep up the hard work Akiko!
Akiko Oda July 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Thanks for the update, Chris! Glad to hear you're doing well and congrats on your upcoming graduation!

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