Seaman Natalie Germany, a culinary specialist and 2013 Eastside High School graduate from Covington, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 specializing in advance base construction, battle damage repair, contingency engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery support to fleet and unified commanders.
Construction Battalions, more commonly known as “Seabees,” are the premier military engineer units in the world today. Born out of necessity in the early days of World War II, their exploits are legendary. This legacy is carried on today by the men and women of the Naval Construction Force who build and fight. For over 70 years, the Seabees of the Naval Construction Force have been deployed around the world, around the clock and have defended America at all times.
Gregory A. Penland has received an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a merit system in areas such as academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews. The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees and an allowance of $600 per semester for educational assistance, textbooks, supplies and equipment, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year during the first year at the host college or university.
Upon graduation from the host college and completion of the ROTC program, the student cadet receives a bachelor’s degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force. All scholarship students incur a military service obligation of eight years, which may be fulfilled by either serving on active duty or in the Reserve Components of the Air Force.
Penland is the son of Michael and Carrie Penland, and brother of Haley Penland, all of Mason, Ohio. Penland is the grandson of Albert and Dorothy Penland of Conyers, Judith Crider of Coshocton, Ohio., and Larry and Julia E. Shaw of Coshocton, Ohio. He is a 2014 graduate of William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio.