NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor is preparing for her latest personal challenge this March, after she was selected to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in April, where she will receive a commission as a Navy unrestricted line officer.
Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Alexandra Terista, of the Carl Vinson engineering department, said her acceptance into a Navy commissioning program marks the fulfillment of one of her most important career goals; a goal she has worked hard to achieve since she joined the Navy as an enlisted Sailor almost three years ago.
"I already had my degree when I came into the Navy, but I wanted to join as an enlisted member first," said Terista. "Now that I've got a better feel for the Navy, I'm ready to become an officer and take on greater challenges."
Terista credits her mentors on board Carl Vinson for lending their support and guidance during the commissioning application process.
"Terista is a very squared-away Sailor," said Senior Chief Hull Maintenance Technician (SW/AW) David Fish. "I expect that she will do well after OCS and be an efficient leader, as she leads by example."
Terista said she was formally notified of her selection in February, and has been preparing for OCS ever since. Upon successful completion of OCS, Terista will receive her commission as a naval officer. After her initial OCS training, Terista will receive follow-on instruction in surface warfare and attend a division officer leadership course.
For Terista, her selection to OCS marks the beginning of a new chapter in her Navy career and she's confident her enlisted experience will help her in the commissioned ranks.
"I have served time as an enlisted Sailor, so I think I'll have the respect I need from the 'blueshirts' to lead a successful team of Sailors at my next command," said Terista. "I'll be a better listener and a better leader because I've already been in their shoes, and I won't forget what I learned while I was there."
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