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Matthew wished to be part of the US Navy

For Matthew, the idea of the Navy is exhilarating. His wish to visit the new ships and crew members was granted beyond his wildest dreams!

For 14-year-old Matthew, his heartfelt wish was to see some of the newest ships, aircraft and advanced military equipment. So, when he qualified for a wish, he chose to visit the US Navy fleet at Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia.

His wish trip included tours of both aircraft and ships, and he even received a hands-on tour of the Strike Fighter Squadron 81. Known as the "Sunliners", this is a squadron of high- tech Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana. Matthew met the crews and even got to fly in a training plane!

Treated as a real “shipmate” by the Navy crews, Matthew received his own flight jacket with official patch-es from various units. He spent time with a helicopter crew, and was saluted by a line of sailors as he boarded the ships and aircraft.

Matthew’s trip to the Navy fleet was one his dad said that he’ll never forget. This visit helped give Matthew a true sense of his dream of becoming a Navy crew member someday.

“Overall I think the best part of my wish was visiting both VFA-81 and SEAL Team 8.” ”

— Matthew

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