ATLANTA (March 11, 2016) — Georgia Aquarium had the honor of hosting a military reenlistment ceremony through its Dive Immersion Program. Soldiers often chose unique locations to make this occasion memorable and the Aquarium has had the privilege to host several of these events. On March 11, two divers submerged into Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot to reenlist with the United States Navy. Family, friends and guests gathered in the Ocean Voyager gallery to witness the ceremony through the acrylic and hear audio from underwater through the gallery’s sound system.
Information about the two servicemen follows:
Navy Diver First Class Jason Gomez proudly dedicates his time developing military divers in various high-risk training topics. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 2006. His first duty station was Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 2, in Little Creek, Va., where he dove all around the world from submarines. His second duty station was in Norfolk, Va. as an Underwater Ships Husbandry Expert, where he worked as an underwater mechanic to perform a myriad of repairs on U.S. Navy Surface Ships.
Navy Diver First Class Jorge Vasquez currently serves as a high-risk instructor. He enlisted in July 2005 and was initially rated as a Machinist's Mate and served two years onboard the USS John F. Kennedy. Upon graduating Navy Dive School in March 2008, he transferred to Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he qualified as a supervisor on all diving rigs. In May 2011 Navy Diver First Class Vasquez checked into the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center in Mayport, Fla. to support all facets of surface ship repair. Here he served as the Team's Leading Petty Officer, Diving Supervisor, and Underwater Ship's Husbandry Specialist.
These events and offerings complement some of the Georgia Aquarium programs that honor active military and veterans year-round such as the Veteran’s Immersion Program. Established in 2008, this unique program enables participants of all abilities to swim or dive in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot.
Since its inception, sponsors have made it possible for more than 1,600 military personnel and guests to experience the healing properties of water and the sheer magnificence of swimming and diving with these incredible animals.
For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has one of the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.