Being stationed in San Diego, the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet, Rafuese plays a part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. Sailors’ jobs are varied aboard Portland.
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Rafuese is most proud of earning her rank as third class petty officer by merit.
“Being promoted showed me that people in my work force actually recognized that I was working my butt off and doing my job,” said Rafuese.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Rafuese and other Portland sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nations needs.
“People don’t realize all the things the Navy does for the country and I am proud to be a part of that,” Rafuese added.