USS Theodore Roosevelt Advances 264 Sailors

150524-N-GN619-259 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 24, 2015) – Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) addresses the crew during a frocking ceremony on the flight deck. TR promoted 264 Sailors to their next paygrade this cycle. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kris R. Lindstrom/Released)

 

On the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 264 Sailors were advanced to the next pay grade during a frocking ceremony, May 24.

     Capt. Daniel Grieco, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, personally presented a frocking letter to each Sailor and congratulated them for their achievement.

     “I can’t say how proud I am of this entire crew,” said Grieco. “One of the great things I have the pleasure of doing as a commanding officer is to see you all progress and promote so we can put more responsibility on you and you can advance your careers to go on and do great things.”

150524-N-FI568-066 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (May 24, 2015)- Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew during a petty officer advancement ceremony on the flight deck. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)

     Frocked Sailors receive the right to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of their next pay grade as a result of their hard work and dedication while continuing leadership development.

      “It feels great to make [petty officer 2nd class]”, said Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Rick Jones, from Cambridge, Maryland. “It’s motivation to work harder for my people and help them advance.”

      Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Eddie Lowery Walsh, a native of Lynnwood, Washington, attributed his recent success to hard work and help from his mentor.

150522-N-NY940-696 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATION (May 24, 2015) – Chief Navy Career Counselor Nickole Palmor-Seay, from Chicago, takes a group photo of her division's frocked Sailors on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danica M. Sirmans/Released)

 

      “This feels absolutely amazing,” said Lowery. “I studied every night in my rack for four months. Hard work will take you a long way in the Navy.”

      The Navy has used the term frocking throughout its history, but frocking was not officially referred to as part of an advancement policy until published in the Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual in 1974.

      TR promoted 143 Sailors to third class petty officer, 94 to second class petty officer and 26 to first class petty officer.Those Sailors who did not advance this cycle or were not eligible to take the advancement exam will have a chance to take it next cycle. Sailors looking to add a chevron to their collar can find study material at https://www.nko.navy.mil     

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

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