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Coastal Riverine Squadron 1 Sailors Frocked During Promotion Ceremony

June 15, 2017 at 3:05 PM UTC
Mass Communication 2nd Class Natalia Murillo

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Observing naval tradition, six Sailors attached to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 were selected for advancement and assumed the responsibilities of the next rank during a frocking ceremony onboard Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti June 3, 2017.

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The frocking tradition awards Sailors selected for promotion the opportunity to wear the uniform and take on the responsibilities of their new rank prior to formal advancement. Sailors will not receive pay and entitlements for their new paygrade until their official date of advancement, which occurs in three increments throughout the fiscal year.

“Anytime you get to be part of celebrating someone’s transition up the ranks, it’s great,” said Cmdr. Christopher Burns, CRS-1 mission commander.

CRS-1 Sailors who were selected for promotion include Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Darion Brown, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ariel Deitrick, Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Danielle Lukosus, Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Travis Phillips, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Matthew Mikhail and Mineman 3rd Class Luis Vazquez III.

“Now that I’m an E-5, I am expected to not only be accountable for myself but also my peers and subordinates,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ariel Deitrick.

Another frocked Sailor recognized the increased responsibility that comes with the promotion.

“It’s more tasks that I wouldn’t get as an E-3,” said Mineman 3rd Class Luis Vazquez III. “Now that I’m a petty officer 3rd class, I feel that the Navy sees me as someone who can take on bigger responsibility than when I was a seaman.”

Burns urged the frocked Sailors to motivate and guide others for promotion as well.

“Whoever helped you, make sure you pass it on to the next generation,” said Burns. “We all have mentors that help guide us through every day and what we do, and the newly frocked Sailors are now getting to the point where they should be picking some Sailors to be mentors to.”

CRS-1 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and provides port and harbor security, high value asset protection and maritime security operations in coastal and inland waterways.

U.S. 6th Fleet is headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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