In March of this year, all qualifying E-5 (Second Class) sailors took the test vying for promotion. This included all naval stations worldwide. Results were received in late May with only seven percent passing. Among, the seven percent was former Kingston resident, 22 year-old Garrett Luke Schulze.
It takes the average sailor 8.8 years to make First-Class. Schulze was able to attain this in 3.11 years.
Master-at-Arms First Class Schulze is on board “The Abraham Lincoln.” His ship is the most high-tech aircraft carrier in the world. This aircraft carrier just completed a three billion dollar overhaul. It is the only aircraft carrier to be able to launch and recover the F-35 (fighter jet).
“The Abraham Lincoln” is referred to as a floating city and houses 6,000 sailors.
Some of MA1 Schulze’s duties include “Team Leader” on the Quick Reaction Force, leading petty officers of his watch section, and also teaching an anti-piracy/security class due to all his training in Bahrain.
MA1 Schulze joined the US Navy in June 2013. He has earned 47 college hours maintaining a 4.0.
For the past year MA1 Schulze has been in the Newport News/Norfolk area of Virginia. He makes his home in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Proud family members are:
Parents: Bruce and Rhonda Schulze of Kingston
Grandmother: Millie Armstrong of Kingston
Late Grandparents: Lee Roy Armstrong of Kingston, Gordon and Selah Schulze longtime Durant residents.
Brothers: Aaron Means of Kingston, Micah B. Schulze of Durant.
MA1 Schulze is a 2013 graduate of Kingston High School and a member of the Kingston Alumni. He is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 615 in Durant. He is also a member of St. William’s Catholic Church, also in Durant.
Submitted by Bruce Schulze.