Port graduate reportedly died of non-combat injury while stationed in Greece
Master at Arms 2nd Class Blaze D. Nalezinski, 22, died July 11 of a non-combat related injury while stationed in Greece, according to the public affairs office at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, where Nalezinski was stationed.
An investigation into Nalezinski’s death is ongoing by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, officials said.
After the investigation is completed, the results will be sent to the NCIS headquarters in Quantico, Va., for a review.
No details will be released until after the investigation and review are complete, officials said.
Nalezinski was assigned to the security department at Souda Bay on the island of Crete.
He was posthumously promoted to petty officer second class on the day he died, according to the Navy.
The son of Bruce Nalezinski of Florida and Twila Nalezinski of Port Washington was a well-liked student in his class at Port Washington High School.
A member of the swim team, his former coach Steve Schiessl described him as “an easy-going kid. He was just a really nice guy ... always a smile.”
Nalezinski joined the Navy a month after graduating with the Class of 2012.
He graduated from the Naval Technical Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Aug. 30, 2013.
Nalezinski was assigned to the Naval security force in Bahrain from September 2013 to October 2015.
He was then sent to Greece, where he was assigned to Bravo Team in the security department at NSA Souda Bay.
Friends said he was expecting to return to the U.S. this fall and be stationed in the State of Washington.
During his time in the military, Nalezinski received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service ribbon, rifle markmanship medal and pistol markmanship with sharpshooter device medal, according to the Navy.
Nalezinski’s funeral was Friday, July 22, in Port Washington.