NORFOLK (NNS) -- Seventeen Sailors were promoted to petty officer third class at a ceremony held, Nov. 17, aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61).
"Promotion to petty officer serves as an indication of the added trust and confidence the Navy has placed in you," said Monterey's Commanding Officer, Capt. Todd Bostock.
When promoted to the rank of petty officer, Sailors are expected to maintain a thorough knowledge of the systems and equipment they are entrusted with operating.
"I am very happy to have this opportunity," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Diane Rodefer. "I worked hard to get to this and I am excited that the Navy has entrusted me with this increased level of responsibility."
Promotion also marks the beginning of when Sailors take on an active leadership role within their division.
"I am extremely excited to serve as a petty officer," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Duane-Claude Blackstone. "This presents a great opportunity, and I look forward to the leadership challenges that await me."
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