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Chief Petty Officer David Sandeen is proud to serve America through military service

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Master Chief Petty Officer David Sandeen, a native of Lanesboro, Iowa, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

Sandeen graduated from Lake City High School in 1985.

The skills and values ​​needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Lanesboro.

“I learned the value of hard work and tenacity growing up.” Sandeen said. “When you grow up in a farming community, there’s no question of, ‘I can’t make this happen.’ You have to figure it out.”

Sandeen joined the Navy in 1986 and served aboard multiple ships deployed in the North Atlantic, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea. Sandeen had a 10-year service break that allowed him to serve at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Centers in Des Moines, Iowa, and Milwaukee. Today, Sadeen serves as command master chief aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

‘I joined the Navy to improve my life’ Sandeen said.

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story is the nation’s primary installation for housing and training the nation’s expeditionary forces, according to Navy officials. It is one command with two properties: Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story and JEB Little Creek. The Joint Expeditionary Base consists of the former Little Creek amphibious naval base and the Fort Story army post. Fort Story witnessed the nation’s humble beginnings at its first landing site in 1607. Little Creek began as a dynamic training ground for World War II amphibious forces.

With 90 percent of global trade traveling by sea and access to the Internet dependent on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly tied to recruiting and retaining talented people from across the rich fabric . of America.

Sandeen serves a Navy that operates far out in advance, around the world, 24 hours a day, advancing the nation’s prosperity and security.

“We will earn and strengthen the trust of the American people every day.” said Adm. Lisa Franchetti, chief of naval operations. “Together we will deliver the Navy the nation needs.”

Sandeen has many opportunities to achieve achievements during military service.

“I am most proud of my family” Sandeen said. “All four of my sons followed in my footsteps and joined the Navy.”

Sandeen can be proud to serve America through military service.

“Serving in the Navy allows me to help others.” Sandeen said. “The only reason I do this is to help sailors. Knowing that their lives are better motivates me to continue serving.”

Sandeen is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“My wife, Christiane, is as important to my career as anything else,” Sandeen added. “We got married before I went into the Navy, so she was with me the entire Navy trip.”


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