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Hastings native Amy Leach, pictured at far right, has been in the U.S. Navy for 24 years. She worked her way up from a low-ranking radioman to Master Chief, and now manages about 300 people. U.S. Navy graphic by MC2 George Bell

Hastings native joins effort to celebrate women in the Navy

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Hastings native Amy (Perhai) Leach has seen significant changes in the U.S. Navy since she joined in 1989.

Back then, women weren’t allowed to serve on Navy aircraft carriers. Today, she’s Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman and oversees a department of about 300 aviation technicians and leaders aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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