Naval Air Station Whiting Field is honoring the career of the Chief Petty Officer who died in a car accident Sunday, April 28 with a memorial service in the base chapel.  The commemoration to honor ABEC Robert Roy will be held Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

A 15-year Navy veteran, Roy, 33, led the Transient Line crew for the NAS Whiting Field flightlines.  It was the latest in a long line of demanding jobs in which he excelled.

A Sea Cadet student from eighth grade through his senior year in high school, Roy was destined to enlist in the Navy, which he did at age 17 in 1997.  Following recruit training and Aviation Boatswains Mate Equipment (ABE) school, he reported to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as a plank owner.  Roy then transferred to Naval Air Station Brunswick in his home state of Maine, where he met and married his wife Jessica.  The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) was his next duty station followed by service aboard the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77).  Roy then transferred to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in 2009 before reporting to Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Operations Department.

Roy was killed in an early morning hit and run accident on Interstate 10 near Scenic Highway, when a Honda Odyssey struck his vehicle from behind causing his car to veer into the median and flip several times.  Roy will be laid to rest in Lewiston, Maine.

He leaves behind his wife, Jessica, and two boys, Christian and Brady, as well as many other friends, family and shipmates.

A memorial fund has been set up at Pen-Air Federal Credit Union. Anyone who wishes to make a donation, can do so at any Pen-Air Branch. Let the teller know it's for The Chief Robert Roy Memorial Fund.