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Jasper native receives award aboard USS Iwo Jima

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA — Seaman Dylan Lotshaw, a native of Jasper, Tennessee, was named Warrior of the Week aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, Aug. 2. The Iwo Jima Warrior of the Week recognizes a sailor who has shown consistent dedication to duty.

“Being recognized as Warrior of the Week is a representation of my hard work aboard the ship,” said Lotshaw. “I’m grateful for my chain of command for putting me in a position where I can succeed.”

Lotshaw has served in the Navy for one year and is a 2018 graduate of Lathrop High School. Today Lotshaw serves as a personnel specialist.

Amphibious assault ships, such as USS Iwo Jima, project power and maintain presence by serving as the cornerstone of the Amphibious Readiness Group / Expeditionary Strike Group. The Amphibious Readiness Groups provide the Marine Corps with a means of ship-to-shore movement by helicopter in addition to movement by landing craft. USS Iwo Jima has supported major humanitarian assistance, occupation, and combat operations in which the United States has been involved. USS Iwo Jima is named for the battle of Iwo Jima fought in 1945, in which three divisions of U.S. Marines took control of a tiny island from more than 20,000 enemy defenders. 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.” There were 27 U.S. service members awarded the Congressional 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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