Navy admiral travels home to Sumter

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He may sail the world and command an expeditionary strike group, but the U.S. Navy admiral returned home this week to revisit his humble beginnings.

Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle stopped through Sumter on Monday during an executive outreach trip to his hometown and the Columbia area that involved meeting with local leaders in government, diversity, education and veterans groups. Sumter High School has grown and been renovated since his 1986 graduation, but he still sees a connection between the school’s educational opportunities and his duties in the Navy.

“We’re always looking for students who have an eye for STEM topics and are interested in next-generation technology,” the San Diego-based Expeditionary Strike Group 3 commander said. “I was always inspired by STEM topics, and the way we do business in the Navy just fit into that mold very well.”

Pringle, who labels…

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