Virginia Beach, Virginia - A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Two based in Virginia Beach, died Nov. 24 after wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Syria.

Mediterranean Sea - A U.S. Navy Sailor and Flint, Michigan, native received a phone call from President Barack Obama while operating aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) Thanksgiving Day.

Arabian Gulf - A U.S. Navy Sailor and Orlando, Florida, native received a phone call from President Barack Obama while operating aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) Thanksgiving Day.

At Sea - The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano visited USS Wasp (LHD 1) for Thanksgiving.

Arabian Gulf - The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) hosted Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus for the Thanksgiving holiday while the ship was deployed in the Arabian Gulf.

San Diego, California - San Diego State University students are leading the way when it comes to studying abroad. The Institute for International Education’s Open Doors report, released Monday, lists SDSU at No. 9 in the nation for study abroad.

Pacific Ocean - Fifty Sailors aboard the USS Spruance (DDG 111) became the first to receive an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) designation on a guided missile destroyer, earlier this month.