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Former city man retires from Navy after 21 years of service

Scott A. Gerding, son of Merrill Gerding Sr. and Betty Gerding, retired from the U.S. Navy after serving more than 21 years. A 1985 graduate of Superior Senior High School, Gerding joined the Navy on Sept. 25, 1985. He served aboard the USS John ...

Scott A. Gerding, son of Merrill Gerding Sr. and Betty Gerding, retired from the U.S. Navy after serving more than 21 years.

A 1985 graduate of Superior Senior High School, Gerding joined the Navy on Sept. 25, 1985. He served aboard the USS John Hancock DD981 from 1986-91. He then served with the military police at the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif., for three years, where he met Robin Bruce. They were married April 30, 1994.

He then attended chemical, biological, radiological school in preparation for his command aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN70. He served on the carrier six years and was deployed to the Persian Gulf several time in ongoing conflicts with Iraq. He received numerous awards and two Navy achievement medals.

He received orders to transfer to Pt. Mugu, Calif., in June of 2000, where he was the aviation safety leading petty officer.

He was then promoted to CPO in September 2001, at which time he received orders to transfer to the USS McInerney FFG-8. He made several cruises with Drug-Ops and NATO. He was the damage control training team leader and responsible for a crew of 35. He also trained personnel in helicopter fire fighting.

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He transferred to Southeast Regional Maintenance Center in Mayport, Fla. in April of 2006. He currently resides in Orange Park, Fla.

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