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Wednesday, April 25 News

Sunrise Rotary to hear ex-fighter pilot

A former Navy fighter pilot will talk about missions he flew over Iraq at the Westport Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting on Friday, Aug. 1.

The meeting is at 7:30 a.m. at Bobby Q's, 42 Main St. It is open to the public for a $12 fee, which includes a breakfast buffet.

U.S. Naval Academy graduate Dave Dequeljoe recently moved to Westport from Virginia, Sunrise Rotary said, and he will talk about his two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Flying F14 Tomcat fighters, he was awarded a Navy Commendation with Combat V and three Air Medals.

Dequeljoe retired from the Navy after sustaining injuries in 2009, when he was forced to eject over the Atlantic Ocean, Rotary said. He has since owned several franchise businesses in the Virginia Beach, Va., area, Rotary said.