BRITT | The Dean Welsh VFW Auxiliary Post 4370, of Britt, hosted GM1 Brianna Downer, of the US Navy, at their Christmas dinner on Monday, Dec. 18.

GM1 Downer gave the members a talk and answered questions about her military service and thanked the Auxiliary members for their help sending 89 care packages to the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer. Both ships were guided missile destroyers, struck while out to sea, and a total of 17 lives were lost.

VFW Auxiliary President, Judy Sonius awarded GM1 Downer, with a certificate of appreciation, for asking for the member's help and keeping them informed.

On Dec. 22, GM1 Downer, visited the Britt first graders, to thank them for the cards, letters and pictures they prepared for the care packages. She answered questions and talked about her service. She plans on keeping in touch with them after she reaches her new assignment. Before leaving, GM1 Downer had pictures taken with some of the students and gave out candy canes.

GM1 Brianna Downer, formally served on the USS Oscar Austin, a guided missile destroyer, and will now be serving on the USS Chafee, DDG90, in Hawaii, also a guided missile destroyer.