Acadiana Native Nia Baker is deployed in the Philippines. She's from Kaplan. One department within the Navy that many people don't know about is Office of Community Outreach. They send out periodic updates to service member's hometown publications and we were certainly excited to see this today. Thanks for your service, Nia!

DOD/ Petty Officer 2nd Class Markus Castaneda

From the Department of Defense:

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 25, 2019) – Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Nia Baker, from Kaplan, La., supervises Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) preparing to depart the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) in combat rubber raiding crafts (CRRC). Ashland, part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda)