Jason E. Rimmer

Jason E. Rimmer

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Sherman native Jason E. Rimmer has been named as the new U.S. Navy commander officer of the helicopter anti-submarine squadron, Light 49, known as the Scorpions of HSL-49. The squadron is stationed at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California. Mission areas include anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, medical evacuation, naval surface fire support and communications relay.

Rimmer graduated from Sherman High School in 1990 and graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. In 2010, he graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College where he earned the MacArthur Foundation Award for excellence in writing. Rimmer’s other awards include a Battle Efficiency Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit commendations and service medals. He joined the Scorpions of HSL-49 in August of 2012 as executive officer.

Rimmer, his wife and their three children live in San Diego.

Nelson W. Root

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Navy Seaman recruit Nelson W. Root recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. The eight-week program included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event is Battle Stations where the recruits put their new knowledge and skills to use.

Root is the son of Ronda M. Piazza of Denison and William B. Root of Red Wing, Minn. He is a 2013 graduate of Denison High School.