USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- One hundred one Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualifications during a mass-pinning ceremony aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 3.
Truman's 45 newest surface warriors and 56 air warriors were pinned in the ship's hangar bay before hundreds of Sailors and Marines.
"It's not as personal as a division-pinning, but seeing all the people who attended, cheer so loudly made me very proud," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SW) Rick Turner, who earned his ESWS pin. "When my friends congratulated me, it made me feel like I accomplished something huge. It was a long road, but I'm glad I persevered throughout the program."
The newly-pinned warriors were not the only ones whose pride reached new heights. The Sailors' friends, mentors and chains of command who attended the ceremony were overjoyed to see their shipmates achieve the prestigious honor.
"It's hard to not be proud of our shipmates," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Fuels] 3rd Class Tiffany Thomas. "I got pinned one week prior to this ceremony, so I know what they all went through to make it to this point. My pinning motivated me to support them, and I'm proud of every single person for the hard work they put into getting here."
"It was a long journey for them," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jennifer Bradley, USS Harry S. Truman assistant command ESWS coordinator. "Some of them have been trying for months to earn their pins and a lot of them became frustrated during the process. They stuck it out though, which makes us proud of their outstanding accomplishment."
The qualification process involved long hours of completing personnel qualification standards (PQS) requirements, studying and attending the necessary walk-throughs to learn how different departments operate. Sailors were able to stay motivated with the help of their mentors and coordinators.
"The coordinators and walk-through subject-matter experts really helped me when I needed it," said Turner. "They told me what I needed to study, rather than giving me the answers. I'm grateful of all the tools they provided me. They made me find the knowledge I needed to succeed and made me proud to wear this pin."
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