PUBLISHED: 1:42 PM on Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Ketchikan graduate Cadiente deployed on USS Ronald Reagan
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Leah J. Cadiente, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jhun B. Cadiente of Ketchikan, and her fellow shipmates are in the middle of a scheduled deployment while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in San Diego.

Cadiente's unit made port visits to United Arab Emirates and Australia, participated in the United For Reading Program and conducted maritime security operations in the Western Pacific.

The port visits were opportunities for Sailors to participate in community service projects, visit tourist attractions and experience different cultures.

The United For Reading Program allowed sailors to read books to their children on video tape or DVD, and mail it home.

The purpose of the program is to boost family morale, give parental support to the spouse

left at home and ease childrens' fears about parental absence. MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, and supports the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.

MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.

Carriers like USS Ronald Reagan are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in time of crisis.

They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

Cadiente is a 2001 graduate of Ketchikan High School of Ketchikan and joined the Navy in August 2001.