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QM1(SW) Erika A. Lira
Quartermaster 1st Class Petty Officer

Quartermaster 1st Class Petty Officer Erika A. Lira is a native of Sacramento, Calif. She enlisted in the United States Navy on Nov. 28, 2000, and attended Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., where she graduated in February 2001.

Lira arrived at her first duty station in Manama, Bahrain in May 2001. After serving a year in Bahrain, she took orders to San Diego, Calif. aboard USS Comstock (LSD 45) in May 2002. Soon after reporting to Comstock, Lira was promoted to 3rd Class Petty Officer. During this assignment, she attended Advanced Damage Control School and a Senior Quartermaster Refresher Course, and she earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification after her first deployment. In May 2005, she advanced to 2nd Class Petty Officer.

After three deployments in over four years aboard Comstock, she transferred to Assault Craft Unit Five in Camp Pendleton, Calif., serving as a Landing Craft Air Cushion Navigator. Lira completed Navigator school in 2007 and was sent to work in the Operations Department. She completed her first deployment with Detachment Delta in 2008. Lira then became the Lead Navigator for her second deployment with Detachment Charlie in 2011. She was then advanced to 1st Class Petty Officer.

After completing the Journeyman Instructor Course in San Diego, Calif., she returned and currently serves as a Navigator Instructor at Assault Craft Unit Five's Advanced Qualifying Training course.

Lira's personal awards and military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Award, Meritorius Unit Commendation Award, and various unit and campaign awards.
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