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FIRST PITCH: Krystle Golumbeck

2012-08-07T19:00:00Z 2012-08-08T04:30:09Z FIRST PITCH: Krystle GolumbeckBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | Krystle Golumbeck wanted to see the world, so she found a way for the government to pay for her trip.

In three years in the U.S. Navy, Golumbeck has traveled to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Jordan and Dubai, among as an operations specialist on the USS Bataan.

On Tuesday, she traveled as far as the mound at U.S. Steel Yard, making a first pitch before the RailCats game against Amarillo.

Was it the way she'd hoped to explore?

"I guess," said Golumbeck with a grin.

A 2005 Crown Point High School grad, Golumbeck waited until she was 22 to enlist in the Navy, and in three-and-a-half years has earned the rank of E-5.

As an operations specialist, she examines radar and navigation systems during travels across the Atlantic Oceans and Mediterranean Sea. 

"Basically, if they put us in a dark room, I have to be able to tell you what's around us," Golumbeck said. "It looks just like it does it does on the commercials."

The USS Bataan is based out of Norfolk, Va., and Golumbeck came home for on two-week leave. Crown Point-based American Legion Post #20 sponsored a RailCats excursion before she leaves to return to the East Coast on Saturday.

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