Staff Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. is a United States Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in which he rescued two fellow Marines during an enemy ambush in Iraq in 2004. McDade, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received the Department of the Navy’s second highest award for valor while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division.
Women first served in the U.S. Navy after Congress established the Navy Nurse Corps on May 13, 1908. In 1978, the Department of the Navy began assigning women to shipboard duty. Today, 18 percent of Navy Sailors are women.
Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water. The Department of the Navy is funding independent research initiatives.