Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Pernick
BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held a frocking ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, June 2.

Capt. Greg Huffman, John C. Stennis’ commanding officer, congratulated each of the 252 petty officers and six senior chiefs with a handshake while presenting them with their frocking letter in front of the gathered crew.

“It’s a great opportunity and a bit more responsibility now but I’m ready,” said newly frocked Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaemi-Leigh Aguinaldo, from Kapolei, Hawaii.

Frocking is a naval tradition authorizing Sailors selected for advancement in the most recent Navy-wide advancement cycle to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of the next higher rank prior to their official promotion date.

“It’s a great honor and great tradition we’re upholding here,” said newly frocked Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Sherrill, from Marshall, Michigan. “It was a lot of hard work but I’m ready to be a leader for all my firemen.”

Aguinaldo emphasized the importance of studying and perseverance as a key to her success this advancement cycle.

“Start studying now and start reading through the bibliographies,” said Aguinaldo. “My chief pushed me a lot. He had me studying after working hours and encouraged me to really dissect the material.”

After the ceremony, the newly frocked petty officers returned to their departments and divisions ready to assume new responsibilities befitting their higher rank.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability (PIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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