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St. Mary’s County Native Serves with U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron Supporting Maritime Missions Around the Globe

By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lt. Matthew Eastburg, a native of California, Maryland, serves with Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 45 based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The squadron’s primary mission is to undertake maritime patrol, anti-submarine warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Eastburg, a 2012 graduate of Great Mills High School, joined the Navy six years ago. Additionally, Eastburg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Assistant Engineering. “I joined the Navy for the educational benefits and the opportunity to follow in both my father’s and brother’s footsteps,” said Eastburg. “My father, Steven Eastburg, is a retired two-star admiral, and my brother, Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Eastburg, currently serves as a Navy pilot.” Today, Eastburg relies upon skills and values similar to those found in California to succeed in the military. “Growing up, my parents instilled in me good morals, values and a hard work ethic,” said Eastburg. “My soccer high school coach, Matt Taggart, also taught me the values of self-discipline and teamwork.” These lessons have helped Eastburg while serving in the Navy. VP 45 flies the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft. Designed to secure […]

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