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Area natives attend inactivation ceremony

Military on the move

POSTED: December 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Two local high-school graduates were among the attendees at the inactivation ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on Dec. 12 in Norfolk, Va.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Athena M. Williams, a 1999 graduate of Liberty County High School, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Erie L. Boyd, a 2005 graduate of Long County High School, attended the ceremony along with nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends

Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship’s terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

The inactivation ceremony was the last official public event for the ship, and served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 sailors who served aboard.

Williams joined the Navy in September 2000. Boyd joined the Navy in January 2006.

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