SAN DIEGO--Five “Phantom Warriors” from the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) were selected for advancement to the rank of chief petty officer following the most recent selection board.
The selectees are Chief Personnel Specialist Select Albert Clark, Chief Cryptologic Technician-Technical Select Bradley DeHart, Chief Damage Controlman Select Biunca Love, Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician-Electrical Select Melanie Montique, and Chief Engineman Select Arturo Vargas.
In order to earn this honor and don the khaki, Sailors must dedicate years of service in the Navy, highlighted by good conduct and achievements at sea. Chiefs serve as both technical experts and as leaders on board, offering valuable insights from their years of experience to younger crew members and are referred to as the backbone of the Navy.
"We are beyond proud of these five selectees,” said Command Master Chief Lucas Jenkins, Paul Hamilton’s top enlisted sailor. “Their promotion is a great recognition of their selfless service and technical expertise."
The chief selects will undergo a six week indoctrination and training program administered by the Chief’s Mess. This training will hone their leadership skills and initiate the chief selects into a rank that has served as a benchmark for enlisted naval service since the paygrade was established April 1, 1893.
“I am excited for these excellent Sailors to join our Chief’s Mess,” said Senior Chief Youssef Saab. “They will be tested during these six weeks of training, but we know they will succeed and will continue to excel as chiefs.”
Stationed in San Diego, Paul Hamilton is the tenth Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, surface, antisubmarine, and cyber warfare.
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