Forbes' press secretary turning heads in D.C.

Hailey Sadler, a 21-year-old from Gloucester, has already landed a plum Washington job as press secretary for Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake. That should tell you something about her smarts and energy level — not to mention patience in dealing with pesky reporters.

Now she's turning heads in a different way. Sadler has been named in the annual "50 Most Beautiful" list put out by The Hill newspaper, which takes a lighthearted look at some of the more smart-looking men and women around the Beltway every year.

The list, which was posted Wednesday, includes Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker, a conservative Republican and a progressive Democrat, respectively. New Obama press secretary Josh Earnest made the list, as did conservative commentator S.E. Cupp.

Yes, this is decidedly bipartisan. Back in 2012, our own Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News, cracked the Top 50.

Sadler runs half-marathons and plays tennis, but she's not obsessed with fitness, she told Isaac Freeth of The Hill.

"I drink a lot of coffee and I run, is that a good plan?" She joked.

She likes to visit family and is close to her four sisters. As you might expect, she enjoys the controlled madness that is part of life in Congress.

If you want to check out the entire list, visit The Hill's website — — and surf around. It should be easy to find. If you want to access the list directly, here's the link:

FYI: The top spot belongs to Danielle Sikes, 23, of Chino Hills, Calif. She's a legislative correspondent for Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, who in her free time is a member of the Red Rockers, the spirit and dance squad of the NHL's Washington Capitals.

Command changing

Capt. Paul Snodgrass will take over as commander of Submarine Squadron Six in a ceremony Friday onboard the submarine USS Montpelier at Naval Station Norfolk.

He will relieve Capt. Blake L. Converse, who will become chief of staff for the commander of Submarine Force Atlantic.

Submarine Squadron Six — SUBRON SIX, in Navy speak — controls seven Los Angeles-class attack submarines ported in Norfolk.

Bid on an Army boat

On Wednesday, we told you about an Army landing craft that is up for auction at Fort Eustis. Bidding started at $25 for the Landing Craft Mechanized LCM-8, also known as a Mike Boat.

As of Thursday at 3 p.m., the bid stood at $1,071. Bidding closes Friday at 5 p.m.

To check out the Mike Boat, go to Under "browse by category," click on Boats and Marine. Once on that page, look at the categories under "Narrow Your Search" and click on Landing Craft. The Fort Eustis entry should come up on the following page.

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