By Clark Pierce
Almost two dozen Sailors assigned to NAS Jacksonville received early Christmas gifts in the form of advancing in rank Nov. 30 at their frocking ceremony in Hangar 117, where Sailors receive the right to wear the uniform and assume the responsibilities of their next rank.
Frocking is a Navy tradition that precedes actual advancement. Sailors are then advanced in pay over the course of three cycles throughout the year.
NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Waters congratulated the newly advanced Sailors and presented each with a frocking letter officially recognizing them for the first time with their new ranks.
The Navy's frocking practice can be traced back to the early 19th century when the wearing of a higher rank before receiving the pay was necessary at times, especially during war, to swell the ranks.
The term "frock" originally related to a monk's cloak meaning, to invest with priestly office or privilege. NAS Jacksonville frockees included:
â€¢ Petty Officer 3rd Class: Jesus A. Hinojos; Brandon M. Reid; Marc A. Russo Jr; Amanda J. Stampley; Breona J. Stephens; Brittany J. Thomas; and Justin L. Lawson.
â€¢ Petty Officer 2nd Class: Trevor A. Dade; Stephen J. Frauenhofer; Donna M. Johnson; Tyler A. Jones; Everett E. Mack Jr; Alexis S. Smith; Shane M. Thompson; Irving Torresmora; Benjamin T. Bultema; and Patrick S. Otwell.
â€¢ Petty Officer 1st Class: Mychal M. Defreitaspollonais; Gilbert R. Delacruz; Cory L. Jordan; Curtis L. Mathis; and Jorge E. Rosa.