Happy Birthday U.S. Navy! Georgia-Pacific Honors Veteran Dietra-Briscoe


Dietra Briscoe, DCM mechanic at the Lexington, Ky., Dixie plant and U.S. Navy veteran who served as an Air Traffic Controller in Iceland uses what she learned in the military even today. “My service taught me to pay attention to details, as well as to have respect for my country and all people, no matter what.”

Her proudest moment in the U.S. Navy was having her family see her complete basic training and receive an accommodation letter from her Commanding Officer for Excellence of Service. Military service isn’t easy but Dietra’s mom was her biggest supporter, sending her care packages and making visits when Dietra was stationed in the U.S.  In fact, Dietra is the reason her sister also joined the U.S. Navy. 

As the U.S. Navy turns 242 on Oct. 13, we thank Dietra and the many Georgia-Pacific employees who served or currently serve in the U.S. Navy. 

In case you didn’t know, here’s some fun Navy/ship trivia:

  • On Oct. 13, 1775, the U.S. Navy was formed by an order of the Continental Congress
  • On a ship, the toilet is called the “head”Ships don’t have walls; they have bulkheads
  • The “rack” is where you sleep
  • Navy ships named for individuals are christened by the eldest living female descendent of that individual
  • Commissioned ships are prefixed with USS which stands for United States Ship