Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kirra T. Singleton has arrived for duty as a linguist with Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, Fort Gordon, Ga.
NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet. Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reach back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component commanders.
Singleton is the daughter of Michelle A. Kelly of Lebanon, Ohio and Matthew S. Williams of Shelton.
She is a 2010 graduate of Shelton High School, Shelton, Wash.
Navy Midshipman Bryce K. Boyer, son of Morris K. and Nina P. Boyer of Elma, Wash., recently selected his first ship assignment during a Ship Selection ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Boyer is scheduled to report to Ticonderoga-class Cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63).
Ship Selection is the culmination of the service assignment process for Naval Academy midshipmen designated to serve as commissioned Navy Surface Warfare Officers upon graduation. As Navy Surface Warfare Officers, these midshipmen may be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea, and are trained extensively to maintain and operate Navy ships, their crews and their systems.
For the selection process, midshipmen are placed in order by their overall order of merit, which is their cumulative class rank based on academic, military and physical standings within their class. The options available to the midshipmen for selection include a variety of Navy ships, such as destroyers and frigates, based out of homeports worldwide. Midshipmen are only permitted to choose from the selection still available at the time their name is called.
At the event the midshipmen had the opportunity to meet their future leadership and were welcomed into the Surface Warfare community.
Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander of Naval Surface Forces, addressed the midshipmen at the beginning of the ceremony and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), was also in attendance.
The future 243 Surface Warfare Officers of the Naval Academy class of 2014 will graduate May 23 and report for duty aboard their selected ships soon after.
Boyer is a 2010 graduate of Elma High School, Elma, Wash.