Seaman Dustin Harville, from Prairie du Chien, WI and a 2013 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School, has been a seaman in the Navy for one year. Harville is currently serving his first deployment aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Harville joined the Navy to get a better understanding of potential future career options.
“I wasn't sure what I wanted to do after high school so I thought, why not serve my country and see the world until I can decide on a career field and then use my benefits to attend college,” said Harville.
Harville said he enjoys many of the advantages the Navy provides.
“I have met some very good people who I can tell will be life long friends,” said Harville. “I also wouldn't have had the opportunity to travel and see various countries around the world if I hadn't chosen to join the Navy.”
Since deploying mid June, the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA5) has conducted Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
Peleliu is currently on its final regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year.