Whiting Field sailors wear new ranks

Published on December 06, 2016 with No Comments

Special to MiltonLocal.com

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field recognized the accomplishments of soon-to-be-advanced Sailors during a frocking ceremony Friday, Dec. 2.

Eleven Sailors were all smiles as they were able to wear the new collar devices for the first time. The frocking ceremony is a Navy tradition that provides the selected Sailors an opportunity to wear the uniform and take on the responsibilities of their new rank before they are formally advanced.  Second Class petty Officers were frocked to First Class, Third Class Petty Officers were frocked to Second Class and Airmen frocked to Third Class.

Capt. Todd Bahlau

Capt. Todd Bahlau

Each Sailor received a frocking letter from Capt. Todd Bahlau, NAS Whiting Field commanding officer, which reads in part, “your appointment carries with it the obligation that you exercise increased authority and willingly accept greater responsibility. Occupying now a position of greater authority you must strive with a renewed dedication toward the valued ideal of service with honor.”

Sailors from NAS Whiting Field selected for advancement with their new ranks were: Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Hutton, Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Nutter, Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Ballard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Lewis Mashburn Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald Sapp, II, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tinea Lewis, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Gray, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Boomer, Petty Officer 3rd Class Javier Herrera, Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Maciashernandez and Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Steele.

Bahlau praised the Sailors on their accomplishment and urged them to appreciate the moment.

“This is an important milestone in your careers,” he said “I know you have worked hard to make this day happen. Congratulations on this terrific achievement.”

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