Class of 2008: Childhood friends Nathan Sholund, Jared Griswold served Navy tours side by side
Nathan Sholund and Jared Griswold, both 23, have been nearly inseparable since they met at church camp about 15 years ago. During that time, they grew up, graduated from Mustang High School in 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
For the past nine months, Nathan Sholund and Jared Griswold haven't seen much of each other.
It's the longest the two have been apart for about 15 years.
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Sholund and Griswold, both 23, had been nearly inseparable since they met at church camp about 15 years ago. During that time, they grew up, graduated from Mustang High School in 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
While in the Navy, the two served their entire tours together, ending up in the same boot camp, all the same schools and working side by side on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship.
Though they said they're not allowed to discuss much about their time in the Navy, Sholund and Griswold were involved in conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2010, they participated in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, more commonly called RIMPAC. The biennial event is the world's largest multinational maritime exercise. In 2010, it included personnel from 14 nations, including Chile, Colombia, France and South Korea.
Their reasons for joining the Navy were similar. Griswold said he had ideas about seeing the world while serving his country. Sholund said he enlisted out of a sense of duty to his country.