Newly Commissioned Officer Set Goals, Followed Dreams, Provides Inspiration for Others

Story Number: NNS090309-16Release Date: 3/9/2009 9:36:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- A yeoman from USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Engineering Department was promoted to the rank of ensign during a commissioning ceremony aboard Vinson Feb. 27.

Yeoman 1st Class (SW/AW) Jennifer Baker-Story enlisted in the Navy July 1998 as an undesignated seaman and entered the yeoman rating while at her first command.

It was shortly after making petty officer third class that Baker-Story began reading up on the limited duty officer (LDO) program and decided she was going to work on a commission.

"I decided then to always do the best I possibly could," said Baker-Story. "I volunteered, picked up collateral duties, did my job well and continued to apply myself in every area of my rating."

With the administrative LDO community encompassing many source ratings in addition to yeoman, Baker-Story realized how important it would be to stay competitive.

"Varying my knowledge in a lot of areas outside my own job was very important, so I learned legal work and other areas to show the board I was willing to learn and do my best to stand out and shine," Baker-Story said.

After applying twice for the LDO program, Baker-Story learned she was selected in March 2008 and would be commissioned as a naval officer in early 2009.

Now that she is commissioned, Baker-Story will soon embark on a very challenging assignment in her first tour as an officer. This spring, she will join the Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 "World Watchers" at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

Baker-Story will assume the duties as the squadron administration officer. She will help guide the consolidation of two other patrol squadrons, which will combine operations into one unit later this year.

Baker-Story has high goals for her career development. She said she wants to earn her surface warfare officer qualification, attain graduate education and eventually become an admin department head aboard an aircraft carrier. Baker-Story credits many people aboard Carl Vinson for her success.

"I am extremely thankful to have achieved this, and I hope anyone else with a goal will stick with it," Baker-Story said. "I got discouraged at times, but I kept going so it just shows that things will happen when they are supposed to happen."

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