Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jose J. Belmares, along with fellow sailors aboard the USS Mobile Bay will deploy four months earlier than previously scheduled and shift its destination to the Gulf region.
The change affects 5,500 aailors aboard the Stennis and the Aegis cruiser USS Mobile Bay. The deployment was requested by Central Command commander James Mattis, and was approved by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The decision will help support existing naval force requirements in the Mideast and reduce the gap caused by the upcoming departure of the USS Enterprise Strike Group.
Belmares, a 1988 graduate of Defiance High School, Defiance, Ohio, joined the Navy in August 1992. He is the son of Ana and Richard Galata of Defiance.