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Star Prairie native completes command tour

Navy Capt. Jeremy R. Hill

SAN DIEGO - Navy Capt. Jeremy R. Hill, a 1991 Osceola High School graduate and Star Prairie native — with hometown ties to both Glidden and Ashland, Wis. — will turn over command of USS Portland (LPD 27) at a change of command ceremony Sept. 21.

Hill is the first commanding officer of Portland and has been a part of the crew build up starting in July 2016 through the delivery to the Navy in September 2017 and Commissioning in April 2018.

At the ceremony, Hill will be awarded the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three. He will be relieved by Capt. Jesus Rodriguez.

"The outstanding crew of the Portland will be very hard to leave, but I know they will be in very good hands with Captain Rodriguez," said Hill. "The crew continues to make history with the ship as each day passes, and I expect to continue to hear about their successes for the next 40 years of her life."

Hill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 with a bachelor's of science degree in mathematics.

Portland is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship that provides the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based platforms. Amphibious transport dock ships support amphibious assault; special operations and expeditionary warfare missions. The ships can also serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups.

Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice providing the Navy the nation needs.

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