It goes without saying that serving in the U.S. Armed Forces is never an easy thing to do. Not only do you make sacrifices as an individual, but the family that was left behind at home is also faced with endless sacrifice.

That's why it is so important to acknowledge the work of our local servicemen and women.

U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caitlin Mazzola, of Plymouth, has been recognized as Warrior of the Week aboard the USS Iwo Jima, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Mazzola was selected for her hard work, dedication and outstanding character in documenting military operations and communication campaigns through writing, photography, graphic design and videography.

“It’s always cool to be recognized for your work,” Mazzola said “It gives me a drive to keep doing good things.”

Mazzola is a 2020 graduate of Plymouth South High School and has served in the Navy for two years.

If you see members of her family, please let them know that you heard about her accomplishments and thank them for the sacrifices they've made to put her in the position to do the critical job she is doing halfway around the world.

USS Iwo Jima has supported major humanitarian assistance and combat operations.

The ship’s motto is a quote from Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz: “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

Twenty-seven U.S. service members were awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima, more than any other single operation during World War II.

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