USS Paul Hamilton
"The Courage to Prevail"
Seven Phantom Warriors Selected to Rank of Chief
Photo by HM3 Rachal Lona

Seven “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 2019 selection board. 

The selectees are: Chief (Select) Master at Arms Erica Garcia, Chief (Select) Gas Turbine Systems Mechanical Roqueflora Trangco, Chief (Select) Fire Controlman Aegis Jason Alcairo, Chief (Select) Fire Controlman Steven Sanders, Chief (Select) Boatswain’s Mate Cynthia Bartlett, Chief (Select) Operations Specialist Catherine Kibler, and Chief (Select) Operations Specialist Demetrius Ward.

Chiefs serve as both technical experts and as leaders on board, The chief selects will undergo a six-week indoctrination and training program administered by the Chief’s Mess. This training is intended to hone their leadership skills.

“We are so proud and excited for these Sailors to join our Chief’s Mess,” said Command Master Chief Toyna Grace. “They will grow and be tested during these six weeks of training, and we know they will succeed and will continue to excel as chiefs.”

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