Fitz in the Morning: Troop Salute

Noah Graddis of the US Navy

Our military services are always ready to fight – they keep their skills sharp with training, discipline, and dedication to the cause. The very nature of warfare means you may not know what is coming, so you have to prepare for anything. Today we salute a sailor who is fighting a different kind of war, but it’s a war he’s fighting to keep his fellow sailors alive and well. Today we salute Seaman Noah Graddis of the United States Navy. Seaman Graddis, who is a native of Seattle, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a hospital corpsman working at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command New England in Newport, Rhode Island, Graddis’ skills are vital to maintaining the health of the sailors in the Newport area, and by extension, the readiness of the Navy’s officer training commands of which they serve. “The COVID-19 Pandemic brought an invisible enemy to our shores and changed the way we operate as a Navy,” said Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “The fight against this virus is a tough one, but our sailors are tougher. We must harden our Navy by continuing to focus on the health and safety of our forces and our families. The health and safety of our sailors and their families is, and must continue to be, our number one priority.” As a Corpsman, Seaman Graddis is in the trenches of that fight every day. For keeping our fighting forces healthy and ready to fight, today we salute Seaman Noah Graddis of the United States Navy.