U.S. Naval Base Guam Sailors Receive New Rank, Responsibility

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy Starr, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 7, 2012) – U.S. Naval121127-N-BK435-058 Base Guam (NBG) recognized and advanced 41 Sailors to the next pay grade during a frocking ceremony at the base chapel Nov. 27.

NBG Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Ward congratulated four first classes, 13 second classes and 24 third classes as he presented each individual with promotion certificates.

“It is big a deal promoting these Sailors,” Ward said. “For the majority of Sailors they will only advance four, five or six times in their career.”

As he commended the Sailors for their accomplishments, Ward also reminded them that along with their new ranks come greater responsibilities.

“The Navy says you’re ready to carry on the position and that is a good thing,” he said. “Embrace the challenge.”

Newly-frocked Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Sara Futrell, of NBG Security, made her rank after only two years in the Navy and stood proudly as she received her commendation.

“It is really exciting making it especially since this was my first test,” she said. “It makes me feel better now making rank, now people will listen because I have more authority.”

NBG Command Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) John Lawry encouraged the Sailors who missed this round of advancement to not be discouraged and to prepare for their next exam.

“Start studying now,” he said. “Don’t wait for later to study. We have four months until another exam.”
Futrell shared Lawry’s sentiments and advised Sailors who will take the next test to be read to take on greater roles if and when they pass.

“Picking up rank early is not always the best, because you’re not always ready to the hold the responsibility,” she said. “So the more time you have in, the more time you know you can the hold the responsibility.”

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