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Reuwer receives wings

Posted: April 3, 2012 8:31 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2012 5:00 a.m.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman Third Class Anastasia Day Reuwer, of Camden, having attained significant military experience in naval aircraft and having successfully completed the established personnel qualification standards and having demonstrated the requisite professional skills and knowledge while serving in Helmineron 14  (helicopters), has qualified as a Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist. She was pinned her wings March 16 at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., after two years and nine months of training. She graduated from Camden High School in 2004 and attended the College of Charleston and Central Carolina Community College. She is the daughter of David Reuwer of Camden and Laura Harkins of Towson, Md. Reuwer won the Navy’s Vanguard Safety Pro Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Devotion to Duty. On Jan. 12, an HM-14 helicopter executed a paradrop mission involving the training detachment of Navy SEALs. On the fifth drop, a jumpmaster mistook a two-minute-to-jump signal for a go signal and pushed an individual out three miles before the designated zone. Immediately, Reuwer gave the hold signal to prevent the remaining jumpers from exiting the aircraft. Her decisiveness, assertiveness and calm demeanor prevented a major safety hazard and potential loss of life. The award was ordered by N.G. Garcia, commander, U.S. Navy, commanding officer of helicopter squadron HM-14.


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