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Clermont Native Supports Critical Navy Mission Half A World Away

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:42 am

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Zahn, Navy Office of Community Outreach
SASEBO, Japan – Chief Petty Officer Christopher Thalman, a native of Clermont, Florida, joined the Navy because he wanted to carry on a proud family tradition of serving in the Navy. He is the third generation of family members serving in the Navy.
Now, 17 years later and half a world away, Thalman serves with Fleet Activities Sasebo, supporting the Navy’s mission one of the world’s busiest maritime regions as part of U.S. 7th Fleet.
“I would say life in Japan mimics the older style of how people used to live,” said Thalman. “There’s the idea of taking care of your neighbor and your neighbor taking care of you. I think it’s important to be a good ambassador so we can build up that bond of U.S. and Japan relations.”
Thalman, a 1999 graduate of Osceola High School, is a fire controlman forward-deployed to the installation in Sasebo, Japan, the second-largest city in Nagasaki Prefecture.
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