I welcomed each advancement during my 29-year tour in the active and reserve Navy. I'm sure Petty Officer Thompson feels the same way ...
BAHRAIN (Dec. 25, 2008) -- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs The Honorable H.C. "Barney" Barnum Jr. pins Petty Officer First Class insignia on Culinary Specialist 1st Class Karen Thompson during his visit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed as the lead ship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad R. Erdmann.
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