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Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU development officer Pat Frede is departing for deployment to Africa as a U.S. Navy reservist. She will take along the same Pirate flag she carried on a previous deployment to Afghanistan.

Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU development officer Pat Frede is departing for deployment to Africa as a U.S. Navy reservist. She will take along the same Pirate flag she carried on a previous deployment to Afghanistan.

ECU Notes: Staffer to deploy second time

“Once you go, you’re desirable because you have the experience. It’s a resource for the military.”

Pat Frede
U.S. Navy veteran

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U.S. Navy veteran and reservist Pat Frede is taking the skills she learned as a fundraiser for ECU’s College of Allied Health Sciences to the Horn of Africa.

Frede has been called to active duty for the second time in three years, this time as part of the Maritime Civil Affairs reserve unit for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. She will leave ECU this month for training before deployment, where she will help lead several five-person teams with a mix of skills: health care, construction, communications and boat coxswain.


The unit will establish and enhance relations among military forces, governmental and non-governmental organizations and civilians. Frede’s group will advise and assist local populations with their needs, which could range from establishing community watch programs to teaching villagers about protection of natural resources.

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Bless your heart
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