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Darian Hoag of Siesta Key, is Serving in the U.S. Navy in San Diego

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US Navy Airman Darian Hoag, a native of Siesta Key, is serving in a helicopter squadron in the U.S. Navy in San Diego

Airman Darian Hoag, a native of Siesta Key, is serving in a helicopter squadron in the U.S. Navy in San Diego.

“I joined the Navy because my godfather served in the military and he made me want to join too,” Hoag said.

Hoag joined the Navy two years ago and serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN THREE in San Diego, working with one of the Navy’s most advanced helicopters, the MH-60R Seahawk.

Growing up in Siesta Key, Hoag attended Port Charlotte High School and graduated in 2018. Hoag said he uses the same skills and values learned in Siesta Key to succeed in the military.

“Growing up, I was taught to listen to information, think and then respond,” Hoag said. "I also learned that no one is right 100% of the time. There is always space to learn."

Serving in the Navy means Hoag is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus, rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“I think the Navy contributes to national security by having a large presence around the world,” Hoag said. “Just getting into the Navy is probably my proudest military achievement.”

As Hoag and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the Navy.

“To me, serving in the Navy means being a part of something bigger than myself,” Hoag said.

Submitted by Navy Office Of Community Outreach

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