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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998

Matta aboard aircraft carrier

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ernest A. Matta, son of Ernest
H. and Alice Y. Matta of Pecos, is currently halfway through
a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the
aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Matta is one of more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines aboard
the ship, which departed its home port of Norfolk, Va., in
October to lead the USS George Washington Battle Group.

During the first half of the deployment, Matta's ship was
called to the Arabian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch,
enforcing the no-fly zone over Iraq. Matta's ship also
participated in Exercise Bright Star, a multinational
exercise designed to improve unit readiness and
interoperability with coalition forces.

Matta had the opportunity to visit the United Arab Emirates
and Israel, where crewmembers from his ship participated in
outreach projects in the host communities.

Carriers, like USS George Washington, are forward deployed
around the world to maintain a U.S. presence and provide
rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a highly
visible deterrent to would-be aggressors and, if deterrence
fails, offer the most versatile and powerful weapons

The USS George Washington Battle Group can travel more than
500 miles a day while simultaneously deploying to separate
geographic regions. With Tomahawk cruise missiles, tactical
aircraft and combat-ready Marines, the forces provide
unified commanders with an unparalleled range of flexible
options and capabilities.

The 1987 graduate of Pecos High School joined the Navy in
January 1988.

Holiday wreaks havoc on diet

Before buying the traditional box of chocolates as a
Valentine's Day gift, consider whether your loved one is
especially conscientious about weight.

"Chocolate rates high on the problem-food list of most
overweight people," said Dr. Rebecca Reeves of the
Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of
Medicine in Houston. "It's a very emotional food. So why
tempt someone with a box of candy if they're making an
effort to control their weight?"

Like other holidays associated with food, Valentine's Day
can wreak havoc on diets. To help avoid this problem, Reeves
recommends gifts other than food, such as flowers, plants,
jewelry and lingerie.

"These gifts are a more enduring expression of love," she
said, "because they can be appreciated for a long time,
unlike chocolate, which is once on your lips and next on
your hips."

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