Ryan Annis

SASEBO, Japan – A Merrill, Wisconsin, native and 1995 Merrill High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy with Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS).

Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Annis is the chief staff officer of base operations at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, operating out of Sasebo, Japan. A Navy chief staff officer is second in command to the commanding officer of the base. Overall, he is responsible for base operations, maintenance, military personnel, staff and families. He is the principal advisor to the commanding officer on all fleet operations.

“I learned to work hard and take care of people, these are hometown and family values that I bring to the Navy,” Annis said in a news release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world, according to the release. The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part of that long-standing commitment, according to Navy officials.

“I think the biggest thing for me is realizing that I’m serving for something larger than myself,” Annis said. “How important and rewarding that is to serve in the Navy.”

Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, stretches from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South, according to the release. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50 and 70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and roughly 20,000 sailors.

Photo courtesy Navy Office of Community Outreach.