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Newsmaker: Kiera Bottoms

| Monday, June 27, 2011

Noteworthy : Recently participated in one of the swiftest repairs of an aircraft carrier in naval history. The USS George Washington was docked at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, undergoing major repairs and scheduled overhauls, on March 11 when an earthquake and tsunami rocked the Asian island nation. Although the Nimitz-class carrier wasn't damaged by the tremors or the unfolding nuclear disaster, crews toiled nonstop for six days to make her seaworthy, a feat that hadn't been attempted since the 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Age : 21

Background : Originally from Penn Hills, Bottoms joined the Navy in 2008. Her duties include bringing bombs, missiles, torpedoes and other munitions from the magazine in the belly of the ship to the aircraft above. The George Washington recently began a six-month cruise patrolling the Pacific Ocean.

Education : Graduate of Penn Hills High School; attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania before joining the Navy.

Family : Mother, Shari Lynn Tipton, 43; sisters Britteny, 23, and Shantel Bottoms, 19.

Quote : "We're doing what we were trained to do. We're on patrol in the Pacific."

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