Ensign Jessica Ackerman of Gray Court is serving in the Ukrain and currently taking part in the multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze.

Navy Outreach released a video message of Ensign Ackerman to the people back home.

The exercise, scheduled to conclude July 21, includes 18 participant and observer nations, and focuses on improving maritime safety, security and stability in this vital region of the world.

This year's participants include Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S., along with Algeria, Bangladesh, Israel, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates, as observers.