30 May '13, 4pm

USS Mount Whitney holds frocking ceremony @SurfaceWarriors @MCPON13

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Twenty-two Sailors aboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) were advanced to the next pay grade of petty officer first, second, and third class during a frocking ceremony, May 23. A frocked Sailor is authorized to wear the rate of the next higher pay grade. Following advancement, Sailors will receive pay for that rate depending on their official date of advancement, which happens in three increments throughout the fiscal year. The first Sailor to receive an official frocking letter was Electronics Technician 1st Class Robert Hering, who had dedicated time to reading material in his bibliography leading up to the advancement exam. "I studied at least two hours every week and was really excited that I finally put it on," said Hering. Exemplifying the dedication to studying was Information System Technician 2nd Class Lance Gregg...

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