SASEBO, JAPAN – Culinary Specialist 1st Class Greg Blevins (SW/AW) of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has been in the Navy for over 13 years and hasn’t missed a beat since he enlisted. Maintaining a record of excellence and high standards has made it possible for Blevins to rise up in the ranks of a rate most would consider sparse with promotion opportunities.
As an E-4, Blevins was stationed in San Diego as a captain’s cook aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Jones, Commander, Amphibious Forces, U.S. Seventh Fleet was Blevins’ commanding officer aboard Bonhomme Richard. While working directly for the Rear Adm., Blevins’s career was influenced by the mentorship Jones provided.
On Lassen’s mess decks, Blevins was recognized for his accomplishments as he reenlisted for an additional 6 years with the United States Navy. To the applause of many Lassen sailors, Blevins was honorably discharged and reenlisted by Rear Adm. Jones. After the ceremony as sea stories were exchanged, a cake shaped like a giant cheese burger was served to honor the craft that Blevins shares with his ship mates everyday.
“I really enjoyed working for Rear Adm. Jones and I hope to again” said Blevins. “I am very grateful that he could be here to reenlist me.”
Following the ceremony, Rear Adm. Jones took the opportunity to tour Lassen and share many of his experiences with the rest of the crew. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (DESRON 15) and is currently in port Sasebo, Japan.