Brock Vergakis, The Virginian-Pilot

Brock Vergakis

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Brock:

Hampton Roads food banks see surge in demand, drop in donations

As measures to slow the spread of the virus crippled the economy, the demand for food has grown so rapidly that local food banks say they can’t keep up. → Read More

Northam says coronavirus may not peak in Virginia until late May

Three surge sites are being prepared in case hospitals run out of beds. One will be the Hampton Roads Convention Center. → Read More

Navy’s newest aircraft carriers have clogged toilets that cost $400k to fix, report says

The Government Accountability Office says it costs $400,000 to fix every time an aircraft carrier's toilets get clogged. → Read More

Military base coronavirus closings, cancellations around Hampton Roads

The military has made a number of changes to operations at its bases throughout Hampton Roads in response to concerns over coronavirus. → Read More

Navy to redesignate Norfolk-based ship so SEALs can attack from it, not just catch a ride

The Navy will change the designation of the expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams on Saturday to the warship USS Hershel "Woody" Williams.The change will allow the ship to carry out offensive operations. → Read More

Virginia Beach woman used strobe lights to distract Navy pilots near Fentress, NCIS says

NCIS says a Virginia Beach woman shined lights at pilots near a landing field in rural Chesapeake. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison. → Read More

No active shooter at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokeswoman Terri Davis said an all clear was issued within two minutes after the alert of a shooter was sent out. → Read More

Court-martial begins for Navy SEAL charged in connection with nude-photograph scheme

Military prosecutors say a member of Virginia Beach-based SEAL Team 6 pretended to be a woman he worked with to request nude photographs from another woman. → Read More

Navy jets performing Super Bowl flyover include F-35, F/A-18 Super Hornet

The Navy decided to showcase the full range of its tactical aircraft rather than the Blue Angels. → Read More

Navy to host Lego shipbuilding event in Norfolk on Saturday

The free event will include contests, demonstrations, Lego kits for participants to build ships according to the instructions, and a free-play area where people can design their own creations. → Read More

Navy honors sailor killed at Fort Story who chased after gate runner with memorial ceremony

Petty Officer 3rd Class Oscar Jesus Temores was remembered by his friends as someone who could light up a room and make people laugh. → Read More

Richmond gun rally: Live updates

Richmond is under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Ralph Northam as thousands are expected at Virginia’s Capitol on Monday to protest proposed changes to gun laws. → Read More

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth may have overprescribed opioids, report says

Auditors examined medical records at three military hospitals to see if they were overprescribing opioids used to treat acute pain. → Read More

USS Abraham Lincoln is back in America, but its lengthy deployment still isn’t over

The USS Abraham Lincoln left Norfolk last spring for what was supposed to be a seven-month deployment. → Read More

Navy’s economic impact on Hampton Roads grew by nearly $2 billion in 2018, report says

The acting secretary of the Navy releases the Navy's annual economic impact on Hampton Roads. → Read More

Trial dates set for SEAL, Marine Raider charged with Green Beret’s murder

Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar died while serving in Bamako, Mali. → Read More

Navy identifies sailor killed at Fort Story in collision with civilian

The Navy said the incident was not an act of terrorism. → Read More

JROTC students in Hampton Roads have unique access to military

One of the benefits of going to school in Hampton Roads for those enrolled in a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program is that the region is home to all five branches of the military. → Read More

After helping 12 countries, hospital ship USNS Comfort returns to Norfolk

The USNS Comfort is scheduled to arrive home in Norfolk on Friday after a five-month deployment to Latin America where medical staff treated tens of thousands of civilian patients in a dozen different nations as part of a large-scale humanitarian relief effort. → Read More

“Nothing prepares you” for trauma of Vietnam War. Hampton Roads Naval Museum pays tribute to veterans with panel, exhibition.

Gordon Paulson served in the Vietnam War as a Navy chaplain. He and two other veterans will share their stories during a panel at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which coincides with a new exhibit focused on the Navy's role in the war. → Read More