Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lindsay A. Preston // USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
Three chief petty officers earned the title of ‘Mustang’ during a commissioning ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), March 1.
Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Christopher Robinson was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2, Chief Boatswain’s Mate John Karus and Chief Electrician’s Mate Jose Aranda were promoted to Ensign during an event in the ship’s fo’c’sle.
After removing their anchors, the three Sailors donned their new covers for the first time—officially marking them as officers of the United States Navy.
“It’s been a long road—it’s like closing in on the finish line of a marathon,” said Robinson. “For any Sailor who aspires to become an officer, remain persistent and don’t lose hope if you don’t get selected the first time. The first time I applied I wasn’t selected, but I knew if I remained on course it would happen.”
Robinson was selected as an aircraft launch and recovery equipment maintenance officer in February 2015. He will report to his next command aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and lead approximately 250 Sailors.
“I’m looking forward to being an officer and having the ability to make policy changes,” said Aranda. “As a chief, you are more of an enforcer so I’m excited to take that next step and have that kind of reach and influence.”
Aranda was selected February 2015 as an engineering limited duty officer and will report to his next command in Sasabo, Japan on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
“It’s been a long wait. I’m very proud to be a chief, and I’m looking forward to having that moment as an officer,” said Karus. “I’m going to give credit – all the credit – to my family, my Sailors and my mentors. A leader is only as strong as the people they lead. I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of really great Sailors. This moment is for them.”
Karus will report to his next command as Officer in Charge for a boat team at Beach Master Unit 2 in Little Creek, Va.
“I’m honored to share this moment with Warrant Officer Robinson and Ensign Aranda,” said Karus. “I couldn’t think of two finer brothers to be here and share this moment with.”