Thursday, August 27, 2015

Freeman HS Alumni Received Special Recognition at Navy Week in Kansas City, MO

Roy Vanek, Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) had a prominent role in the success of Navy Week, held in Kansas City, MO.

On August 17th, America's Navy wrote, "[Sailors from] The world's largest Navy arrived to the "City of Fountains," Aug. 17, 2015 to begin Kansas City Navy Week, a week-long series of community and
outreach events."

Vanek received special recognition from Vice Admiral William Hilarides, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and Mayor Sly James for his performances.

Video #1 and Video #2  feature Roy and his EOD crew. 
Roy wrote, "The first video is of me giving an interview with the reporter in a bombsuit.  The second video is a photos of me and my team diving in the aquarium and interacting with the kids.  I'm the diver in the full wetsuit with the long sleeves and pants." Spectators watched the  exciting events taking place inside the aquarium.

Navy EOD is this is a dangerous job, requiring both intelligence and courage. Many Kansas City news media published stories depicting one of Roy's more enjoyable assignments. Two stories are in America's Navy, "EOD Sailors Make a Splash at the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium", and here .

After parting from his classmates and football team members when he graduated from Freeman High School at Freeman, Wash., Roy joined the Navy EOD 19 years ago, when he was 17.

Newsroom America  published the following story, written by By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Gold, Navy Office of Community Outreach.

EOD assignments have taken Vanek all over the world. Some of his assignments have been guarding the President of the United States, and guarding visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, he has participated in many critical EOD missions, and also trained EOD units in other countries.
KSHB (NBC) August 18, 2015,
Action News Midday.

WDAF (FOX) August 21, 2015 FOX 4 News at 6AM

Freeman High School can be proud of the part their school system played in Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Roy Vanek's success.

Independence School District, August 18, 2015, (
Article and Photos), Highly-Skilled Navy Explosives Technicians Meet ISD JROTC, PLTW Students.

The Examiner, August 20, 2015, By: Mike Genet
Navy team visits schools to promote
STEM studies.
Recently returned from Guam, where he met his wife, Chubasca "Bas", they are currently stationed in San Diego, CA. Vanek has numerous relatives and friends in the eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana region, all of whom, like the nation, appreciate his service.