Union High School graduate and Seaman Raashaun Noaks of Big Stone Gap, was one of the sailors recently returned to the Naval Station Mayport after his six month deployment to the Middle East and Mediterranean operations. Yeoman Noaks works on an amphibious transport dock ship that takes Marines to the locations needed to support our country’s interests around the world.
As a Naval Yeoman and therefore responsible for various clerical and administrative duties, Noaks credits his successful career in the Navy to many things he learned as a native of Big Stone Gap, Va.
Noaks stated. “I learned southern hospitality,” and “as a yeoman you have to help people and having kindness brings a lot into it. My favorite part about my job is helping other sailors.”
The New York is a memorial to the horrific events and amazing heroism from the 9/11 terrorist attack. More than 7 tons of reclaimed steel was used in the ship’s bow structure from the World Trade Center. The New York’s motto is “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.”
Noaks is proud of completing boot camp and as a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, he understands that they are all a part of a legacy that lasts beyond their lifetime, and one that will continue to provide a critical component of the Navy that our nation needs.