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!
Check out some of Chris' work on Patch.