Service Members – Day 9

Alright, one more post away from double digits…does that count for anything? Probably not but I am happy to bring you U.S. Navy Lieutenant Aaron Kakiel.

Aaron grew up in Fayetteville, Pa. and after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he was commissioned as an Ensign and began his sea voyaging journeys in submarines.

Aaron served on board the USS Hartford based in Groton, Conn. from 2004-2007. He made a special note to include that he was on the Hartford “after the grounding, but before the collision.”

During his time on the Hartford, Aaron was privileged to lead the electrical, auxiliary, and communications divisions, during a successful Southern Command deployment and an extensive shipyard period.

Following his time on the Hartford, Aaron served as the South Asia and Oceania Policy and Plans Officer with the U.S. Seventh Fleet. In that role he “tooted his own horn quite a bit,” which led him to decide on a career in public affairs.

After miraculously being selected for lateral transfer, sparing him from going back to submarines, Aaron is on his way with his career as a Public Affairs Officer upon graduating from DINFOS.

I only get a chance to talk to Aaron here and there, but I gathered quickly early on that he’s a good dude. Aaron’s always going out of his way to organize social events for the entire class and I appreciate his willingness to bring people together.

Up next, the Air Force, and this time you score a two for one deal!

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