Navy Airman Recruit Zachary Cross is in the middle of a routine scheduled deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Cross and more than 7,600 of his shipmates of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group were deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism. The Carl Vinson group recently relieved the USS Harry S. Truman group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime security operations.

Cross is the son of Donna and Darin Cross of Grass Valley.

He is a 2003 graduate of Bear River High School and joined the Navy in January 2004.

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