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Lincoln Meritoriously Advances 30 Sailors

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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Thirty Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) received advancement through the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) during a surprise frocking ceremony July 8, in the ship's aft galley.

The MAP program is offered to Sailors as a way to recognize superior performance while working in a rigorous operating environment.

The command promotions resulted in three new petty officers 1st class, eight new petty officers 2nd class and 19 new petty officers 3rd class.

Engineman 1st Class Janceley Acosta Lucena was surprised and excited about her new role as a petty officer 1st class.

"I love what I do; I love my job, and I really want to do 20 years in the Navy," said Lucena, who credits her success to the Sailors she leads. "I'm overjoyed; it's a dream come true."

The promotions these Sailors received will put them in positions of increased authority and responsibility. Chosen by their chain of command, the surprise advancement is a direct result of their proven hard work and dedication to the Navy.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Brittnie Huskey, now a
petty officer 1st class as well, attributed her success to her dedication to become not only a better Sailor, but also a better person.

"It's important to stay focused and do what you have to do," said Huskey. "Don't just get the qualifications you need, but go above and beyond. It will make you stand out."

Lincoln is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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