Navy Veteran Ana Claudio is today's Veteran of the Day.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Ana Claudio, who served in the Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Ana Claudio hailed from Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Puerto Rico when she was a teenager. She attended Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, where she received her associate degree.

In May 1995, Claudio enlisted in the Navy. She went to Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida, for training as a cryptologic technician. Claudio later transferred to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

In 2001, Claudio transferred to the Office of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. In 2005, Claudio became part of the tenant command unit, Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TACTRAGRULANT), which is part of the Training Support Center Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach, Virginia. TACTRAGRULANT trains strike group staff through the Fleet Readiness Training Plan.

From 2005 through 2008, Claudio served on the staff of the commander of the Second Fleet. She became an executive assistant to the commanding officer of the Joint Task Force located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in April 2008. In April 2009, Claudio returned to the United States to serve as a senior administrative officer at the Defense Language Institute in Washington D.C.

In July 2012, Claudio transferred to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as chief petty officer. She served as leading chief petty officer and ship secretary on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower until July 2015. Claudio then went to the Pentagon to serve as an executive administrative assistant to the Assistant Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In July 2018, Claudio returned to the Training Support Center Hampton Roads to serve as an assistant command security manager until her retirement from active duty in June 2019. She retired as a senior chief yeoman.

During her service, Claudio received a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, and four Navy Achievement Medals.

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Writer: Sarah Concepcion 

Editor: Kelly Dooley

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Published on Mar. 14, 2020

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  1. John Patterson March 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks.. I too was on the USS Forrest fire after the fire . Aviation electrician 2nd class. The Navy was a great experience .. I did not have heroic events. All though working on the flight deck during night ops. Is a heads up ball game..Since being retired I have active in helping other veterans,taking pdst vets flyfishing,mentor in veterans court ,and other activities in the community.

  2. Senior Veterans Care Network March 16, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for your service – Ana Claudio.

  3. Frederick Lougal March 14, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Bless the veteran. Every veteran is veteran of the day.

  4. Dennis Kariores SR March 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    CONGRATS you should be very proud of your accomplishments

  5. Captain Michael Don Barker, USN, (Ret.) March 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I happened to find this GOLD MINE “Related Posts.” I am a retired NAVY Captain with over 31 years of duty. I kept myself glued to my iPad reading all the related posts available. I was amazed at the sailors and soldier I read about. Each one brought water to my eyes. My Dad was a WWII vet., long passed, but these vets brought back many memories. I was on active duty at the beginning of Women going to sea. At the time I was commanding Seventh Fleet’s Flag Ship, USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19). Then my follow on command as COMMANDER AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON ONE, there again I was proud of the women we had in our squadron, especially considering we were in the first echelons of DESERT SHIELD/STORM Jan-Aug 1991. I look back on the Engineman I read about, she would have been a prefect fit on BLUE RIDGE with the all the numbers of boats, large Diesel engines to work on. Also, BLUE RIDGE would have been a perfect home for SCPO Ana ……….., I am sorry I lost here last name, but I remember she had a very distinguished career.

    Now that I have found this nugget, I will mine I regularly. That you so much for you service.

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