Lincoln Sailors Get the Nod in Petty Officer Advancements


Story Number: NNS101201-13Release Date: 12/1/2010 2:36:00 PM
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By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Petty Officer examination results were released Nov. 23 and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailors earned an exceptional selection rate for promotion off the September exam cycle.

Of the 1,241 Abraham Lincoln Sailors in paygrades E-3 to E-5 who participated in the September Navy-wide advancement exam, 160 (12.9%) were selected for frocking to the next paygrade. Additionally, 104 Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 Sailors and four Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (CSG-9) staff members will be advanced. Of the 268 selected for advancement, 37 selected for petty officer first class, 96 for petty officer second class and 135 for petty officer third class.

"Lincoln Sailors blew the test away," said Cmdr. Shelly Geringer, Lincoln's Administrative Officer, "Our Sailors impress me every day, and prove time and again that they can excel in both ship and personal goals - despite an extremely challenging work-up and deployment schedule."

According to Navy Times, 15,664 Sailors throughout the Navy will move up to the next paygrade this advancement cycle. Overall advancement is .3% greater than in the spring, from 16.4 to 16.7%.

Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Isarielina Harris, of Abraham Lincoln's engineering dept., attributed Lincoln's advancement success to the ship's great number of mentors. "I have several mentors, and I'm a mentor to several junior personnel," Harris said. "Learning goes both ways. Everyone here is always learning from one another."

Harris, who selected this cycle for advancement to yeoman first class, said the Navy's mentor program provided her with an entire supportive community who helped prepare her for success on her exam. "A lot of our chief petty officers motivated me when I didn't feel like I could make it," she said. "I think everybody kind of needs an extra push. Having chiefs who mentor you kind of forces you to study."

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.

Lincoln's frocking ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 3.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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