Super Bowl Sunday Sees Native Sedalia Sailor Join Pre-Game Color Guard

7 years 6 months 5 days ago Thursday, January 31 2013 Jan 31, 2013 Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:58:44 PM CST January 31, 2013 in News
By: KOMU Staff

This Sunday, the Superdome will be filled to the brink as onlookers watch players from the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens take the field - representing their teams and their dedication to the game. But, they aren't the only ones to exemplify their colors in honor of Super Bowl XLVII.

Master-at-Arms Second Class (MA2) Holly Diaz, an exemplary Navy recruiter, will represent the Global Force for Good during the pre-game Presentation of the Colors flag ceremony accompanying the singing of the national anthem.

A Sedalia, MO native, MA2 Diaz is stationed at Navy Recruiting District (NRD) New Orleans. She has served eight years in the Navy, and participated in multiple deployments to Bahrain, Dubai and Greece, where she conducted counter-piracy and counter-terrorism missions.

Completing Navy Coxswain training, which prepared her to pilot and maintain small boats like her unit's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), MA2 Diaz personally contributed to the protection of a number of aircraft carriers from the United States Fifth Fleet as they entered foreign port.

"Escort missions were simply awe-inspiring," said MA2 Diaz. "As a tiny boat alongside these massive aircraft carriers, it's humbling knowing we are the men and women tasked with the protection of these docking vessels and their thousands of Sailors."

Now settled in New Orleans alongside her husband and 2-year-old daughter for more than a year, MA2 Diaz has refocused her passions on recruiting the next generation of Sailors to make up America's Navy. Speaking with both active duty and Reserve candidates, she's able to pass along her own experiences when describing the benefits and opportunities the Navy has to offer.

"My decision to join the Navy has absolutely shaped my life," said MA2 Diaz. "The Navy has forged me into the leader I am today and it makes me proud that I am able to act as a role model in my community and to be a figure that future Sailors can look up to."

With community in mind, MA2 Diaz most recently lent a hand to a Habitat for Humanity project which saw personnel from NRD New Orleans dedicating their time to build a new home for those less fortunate in the New Orleans area.

While one team will enter football history Sunday, following a fierce battle on the gridiron, MA2 Diaz will hold her head high in recognition of the brave Sailors at home and abroad, battling to secure the freedom of all men and women - a mission that epitomizes the Navy and their dedication as a true Global Force for Good.

 

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