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MA1(SW) Raymond A. Cuevas
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Petty Officer

Master-at-Arms First Class Petty Officer Raymond A. Cuevas is a native of Fremont, Calif. Graduating from Washington High School in 2001, he immediately enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. in August 2001.

Upon completion of basic training, he reported to the Naval Technical Training Center, where he completed Fireman Apprenticeship Training in December 2001. After graduation, he reported for duty aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), where he was assigned to the aft main machinery room. During this tour, Cuevas completed two deployments in support of combat operations in U.S. Central Command before converting to Master-at-Arms in January 2004. As a Master-at-Arms, his past assignments include Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy; U.S. Army 1-120th Field Artillery Unit; Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion; and Personal Protection Specialist/Body Guard for Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet and Commander, U.S. Navy Forces Central Command, in Manama, Bahrain.

Cuevas currently serves as Command Master-at-Arms and Assistant Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) and has completed one national tasking order deployment to the Fifth and Seventh Fleets, supporting Ballistic Missile Defense requirements. In 2006, he completed an Individual Augmentee tour to Iraq in support of Iraqi Freedom at the Sea Port of debarkation/embarkation.

Petty Officer Cuevas's personal decorations and military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards. He is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Nuclear Weapons Security Insignia and he currently holds a Level V certification in Home Land Security through the American College of Forensic Examiners.
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