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PAGE 6 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 Boston Native Keeps the .... Navy's Newest, Most Advanced Helicopters Flying by Lt. Wes Holzapfel, Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 2"d Class David Hanna Photo Mass Communication Specialist 1"~ Class Robert Zhan) A 2012 Quincy High School graduate and Boston native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy's newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter. Petty Officer 2"d Class David Hanna is an aviation electrician's mate with the "Grandmasters" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron {HSM) 46, a Mayport, Florida based squadron that operates the Navy's next generation submarine hunter and Anti- Surface Warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. Each helicopter is nearly 65 feet long, may weigh up to 23,500 lbs. (max gross) and can travel over 120 miles per hour for nearly 320 miles on a tank of gas. As an aviation electrician's mate, Hanna is responsible for maintaining the helicopters and making sure they meet their flight schedules. "I wanted the chance to do more with my life and get out of the city," said Hanna. "My older brother was Army and my younger sister was in the Marine Corps." According to Navy officials, the MH-60R is the most capable multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. It is used for a variety of missions, including hunting and tracking enemy submarines, attacking enemy ships, search and rescue, drug interdiction, delivering supplies and supporting the Navy's special operations forces. It is replacing the Navy's older helicopters because of its greater vermatility and more advanced weapon systems. Hanna said they are proud to be part of a war-fighting team that readily defends America at all times. Inaddition to s duties as an aviation electrician's mate, Hanna takes part in honoring those who have passed. "I~,e served as part of a flag detail for more than 100 military funeral services," said Hanna. Sailors' jobs are highly varied within the squadron. Approxi- mately 297 Navy men and women are assigned and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly. This includes everything from maintaining helicopter airframes and engines, to processing paper- work, handling weapons and flying the aircraft. Serving in the Navy, Hanna is learning about being a more respectable leader, sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities. "Serving means paving a path for your family members," said Hanna. "The sense of pride you get is also important." THE LYNN AILIOfro~uM t~ Assoc~nO~l WffH DA~D R ORIOLA MANAGEMENT INVITES YOU TO THE FIRST BOSTON AREA PERFORMANCE OF ... INIIt BLACK TIE BRASS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,. 111F.AT YOUItSBJF TO A i41Glff OF MUSIC ( AND STOlffES FIOM ANd~iOCAS GOT TAU54T ) DOORS OPEN 7 00 PM: TICKETS AVNLABLE AT LYNNAUDRORIUM.COM THE LYNN AUDITORIUM BOX OFFICE OR BY CALLING 781-S99-SHOW. OR TICKETMASTER ... As l See It % Labor Dayis over, the children are .... back to school, and most people are settling down after a summer of vacations, beaches, and barbecue fun ... Congratulations to Clark Moulaison for being chosen 2017 Kiwanian "Man of the Year." Mr. Moulaison deserves the honors. This upstanding community leader has more than contributed to the successes of East Boston over the years, with a glorified record of achievements ... Eugene "Gino" Trapani, formerly of East Boston and Revere, passed away August 10% A beloved retired employee of Massport as an electrician and manager was well known throughout the Revere and East Boston communities as a big hearted guy with a great smile who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He will be missed! ... Big News, the Don Orione Nursing Home on Orient Ave. is in the process of being sold[ That's good news[ The Home appeared to be going downhill over the years, but many East Boston's elderly insisted on going to the Don Orione Home to meet up with old friends in their senior years. Hopefully the new owners and management will take better care of the Home ... What do you think is going to happen when all the new construction of condos and apartment buildings are finished and not rented or sold in East Boston? You guessed it! Government subsidized certificates wiU be used! How many people can afford to pay $3,000.00 and up a month for rent, especially in East Boston that has a large volume of illegal immigrants! Taxpayers, brace yourselves, because you will be picking up the Section 8 housing tabI ... The Central Square Park is still under construction and doesn't look that spectacular. Speculators think Central Square improvements including broader sidewalks and less parking wiU put businesses at a disadvantage. The Park and Square sidewalks will have plenty of benches for loiterers. If you look at it, the Park just doesn't jump out at you. Maybe the finished product wiU for all the time it's taking to complete! ... The community is happy that the East Boston Community Development Corp, a non- profit agency, was awarded 14 million dollars to build affordable housing at the former Salisian's building on Paris Street and offer the units to Eastie residents first and only[ ... Revere Police are looking for a predator lurking at Revere Beach that assaulted a teenage girl in broad daylight near the bathhouse recently. Women need to be extremely careful when walking or hanging out at the Beach. This is the second incident reported this summer ... The greed never ends with Hillary Clinton. Now she has written a book on herself for more money that goes on newsstands sometime in September. As if she isn't already a billionaire twice over due to all her wheeling and dealings. Now she is trying to brew up more money. According to her advertisements, the book chastises President Trump for standing behind her while she was carnival barking in one of her campaign roundups. Good Luck to whom ever is willing to spend a dime reading about this has-been, wanna-be president. ... next time! Join us for East Boston Social Center's Disco Dinner/D / Fundraber with the Chance to Win Five Amazing Prizes This fun night will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Beach- mont VFW Post #6712. The chances for the Raffle are $50 per person (does not include dinner) -- a limited number will be sold, so your chances to win one of the five great prizes are great. It prize $1,000 CASH 2"d prize - 2 Patxiots Tickets 3 prize - 2 Bruins Tickets 4 prize - 2 Celtics Tickets S~ prize - 2 Red 8ox Tickets If you just want to dance the night away to the iconic tunes of the '70s with DJ Michael Anthony Gaets, the dinner/dance tickets are only $40 pe r person. +