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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

December 18,2014

“Why Being There Matters” – Ensign Hannah Taylor

Ensign Hannah Taylor, from Norfolk, Va., serves aboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) currently on assignment in the Mediterranean Sea. Ensign Taylor is one of many who are deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans. She reminds us of the critical mission of the Navy and “why being there matters.”


(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman/Released)


Pictured with her crew, Ensign Taylor directs Sailors to heave away a star messenger line aboard USS Cole (DDG 67) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Kanawha (TAO 196) Dec. 14, 2014.

Cole, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.


“Why being there matters.” On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.

They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times!