Jul 152013
 
Pat Frede achievement July 2013

Front row: Petty Officer Palaganas, Chief Avila, Senior Chief Fortier, Senior Chief Frede, Master Chief Davis, and Petty Officer DeStefano Back Row: Petty Officer Lu, Chief Rankin, Petty Officer Miller, Petty Officer Curko, Senior Chief Ramnytz, Lieutenant Commander Prevatte, and Petty Officers Sanchez and Espos. Pictured with the awardees are their mentors (back row) who coached them, drilled them, and supported them through the process.

U.S. Navy veteran and reservist Pat Frede recently earned new certification while deployed to Africa. 

Frede, who leads fundraising for East Carolina University’s College of Allied Health Sciences, hopes to return to ECU in time for Homecoming, she said. She was deployed in December and has been in Africa since March while attached to the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.

Frede recently was one of six sailors with the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command who earned the designation of Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. Each sailor had to complete a rigorous series of personnel qualification standards and demonstrate proficiency in expeditionary and combat skills by passing a written examination and a final qualification oral board.

Frede’s unit has been working to establish and enhance relations between military forces, governmental and non-governmental organizations and civilians. The group advises and assists local populations with their needs, ranging from establishing community watch programs to teaching villagers about protection of natural resources.

This is Frede’s second deployment in three years. She was in Afghanistan in 2009-2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

There, as part of her mission, Frede was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps Female Engagement Teams who worked to develop relationships of trust and mutual respect with Afghan women, who generally aren’t allowed to have contact with men outside their families.

She also taught a course on the teams’ relevance in counterinsurgency and stability operations. She earned a presidential unit citation for the work in Helmand province.

 

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Jun 172013
 

ECU medical school graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured June 14 on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as winner of the iVillage Hottest Dad in America contest.

Ungaro is a Navy doctor who lives in Portsmouth, Va. with his wife, Marley, and children Langley, 14, and Grey, 10. He graduated from the Brody School of Medicine in 2010 and received his master’s of science in biology from ECU in 2006.

Ungaro was selected from among 1,500 entries narrowed down to nine categories that received 150,000 votes online.

Ungaro received a week-long vacation for two to Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, along with a $100 American Express gift card and a $250 spa credit at the resort.

Watch a video of the Today Show announcement at http://www.today.com/moms/hottest-dad-america-winner-6C10312261

Read more about the contest at iVillage, http://www.ivillage.com/hot-dads-2013-winners/6-a-538252