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Travis Doolin, a Craig local and Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, left, the youngest member at the VFW Christmas dinner and Gaylord Fliece, the oldest member of the VFW, who also served in the Navy, cut the cake Monday night at the party. Taking a page from Marine Corps tradition, the two cut the cake together. Doolin was the guest of honor at the dinner.

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Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin honored at VFW Christmas Dinner

Craig local, Chief Petty Officer Travis Doolin of the United States Navy, returned home last week to spend the holidays with his family, Travis attended the annual VFW Christmas dinner Monday as the guest of honor, where he received recognition for his quick rise through the ranks after enlisting in the Navy ten years ago. “He flew up the ranks,” VFW commander Guy Bradshaw said addressing those at the dinner. “That’s one hell of an achievement.” Travis was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September during a pinning ceremony, following a six-week induction process unique to the Navy.

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