USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ingraham assembled her crew on the flight deck to congratulate several Sailors and Coast Guardsmen on their well-deserved promotions, Aug. 29.
"Promotion and awards ceremonies are some of the best parts of my job," said Cmdr. Dan Straub, USS Ingraham's commanding officer. "I get the opportunity to see my crew rewarded for all their long hours and hard work."
Cmdr. Straub proudly reaffirmed the oath with Cmdr. Elaine Brunelle for her promotion from lieutenant commander.
Cmdr. Brunelle, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, formerly served in the U.S. Air Force. A 1998 graduate of New Mexico State University, she was commissioned following Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. Her previous assignments include electrical officer on USS David R. Ray (DD 971); ordnance officer on USS Shoup (DDG 86); engineering officer on USS Ford (FFG 54); executive officer on USS Dextrous (MCM 13), USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Ardent (MCM 12); and commanding officer on USS Ardent (MCM 12), USS Chief (MCM 14), and USS Warrior (MCM 10). Cmdr. Brunelle reported to USS Ingraham in June, 2014, as executive officer.
During the promotion ceremony, USS Ingraham also celebrated the promotion of Electronics Technician Jordan Craighead to 3rd class as well as two U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 101 personnel to 2nd class petty officer.
In addition, six Sailors were awarded their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualification.
Ingraham is deployed in support of Operation Martillo, an international and interagency effort that targets illicit trafficking in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.