Beacon native stands guard in the US Navy

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Beacon native Jarek Panko at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Gruss

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jarek Panko, from Beacon, stands phone talker watch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean April 22, 2020.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) remains at sea in the Atlantic as a certified carrier strike group force ready for tasking in order to protect the crew from the risks posed by COVID-19, following their successful deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

Keeping HSTCSG at sea in U.S. 2nd Fleet, in the sustainment phase of OFRP, allows the ship to maintain a high level of readiness during the global COVID-19 pandemic.