Kirk sisters to lead Armed Forces parade

Dana and Tara Kirk, Olympic swimming sensations, will serve as Civilian Grand Marshals and Rear Admiral Gregory Bryant, Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will be the Military Grand Marshal for the Armed Forces Festival Parade.

The Kirk sisters, Bremerton natives, both earned spots on the United States Olympic Swim Team and competed in Greece last summer. The Kirks made history when they were the first sisters ever selected for the Olympic Swim Team. The sisters also hold numerous national and international titles. They will be flying up from the Bay Area the evening before the parade.

Rear Adm. Gregory Bryant, a former Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Commanding Officer, began his distinguished Navy career in 1970. After numerous assignments of increasing responsibility, he assumed command of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in July 1999. He was selected to promotion for flag in May 2002 and transferred to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director Fleet Readiness Division (N43B) in September 2002. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The 57th Annual American Financial Solutions Armed Forces Day Parade, the nation’s largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day Parade, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 in downtown Bremerton.

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