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2011-03-31

BHS graduate participates in Odyssey Dawn

Special to the Courier

United States Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Stone recently participated in Odyssey Dawn, a military operation designed to impose a no fly zone over Libya. He is serving aboard the destroyer USS Stout.
On Saturday, March 19, the Stout joined another destroyer, two attack submarines and a guided missile submarine to launch 110 tomahawk missiles at Libya's air defense forces.
A United Nation's resolution authorized military coalition forces to use "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians from attack by the military forces of the country's long-time strongman, Moammar Gadhafi. Earlier, Gadhafi had ordered the Libyan military to move against the citizens in response to territorial gains made by rebel forces. Destroying Libyan air defense precluded Gadhafi's pilots from bombing civilian targets.
On Sunday, March 20, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Muller announced on CNN's "State of the Union" that the no-fly zone is "effectively in place."
Onboard the USS Stout, Stone is responsible for computer systems which launch the missiles and tracks incoming missiles. Currently, he oversees 20 crew members in the ship's CS Department.
After graduating from Bandera High School in 2000, Stone enlisted in the US Navy. After serving 10 years, he reenlisted in January 2010 and will serve another six years in the service.

He is the son of Steve and Irene Stone of Bandera and sibling to Somer and Tye Stone, all of Bandera.

Pictured: Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeramy Spivey

USS Stout launches a barrage of missiles during Operation Odyessey Dawn.