PUBLISHED: 1:56 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Vermillion returns from deployment
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Vermillion, son of Gladys Carpenter of Byron, Mich. and David A. Vermillion of Ketchikan, and his fellow shipmates returned from a scheduled deployment while assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Vermillion's unit launched 10, 000 combat flights totaling 30, 750 flight hours and provided surveillance, reconnaissance and close air support to ground forces in Iraq. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike

Group participated in Operation Steel Curtain and Maritime Security Operations.

Operation Steel Curtain provided aerial support for U.S. Marine and Iraqi forces and prevented insurgents from entering Iraq through the Syrian Border.

Vermillion's squadron flies the F/A-18C Hornet, a single-seat, all-weather fighter and attack aircraft that is used for force protection, close and deep air support, and fleet air defense.

Vermillion is a 1992 graduate of Triway High School of Wooster, Ohio and joined the Navy in July 1992.