SAN DIEGO – A Kingman native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cierra Kargenian is a culinary specialist aboard the San Diego-based ship and is responsible for operating and managing Navy messes and living quarters established to subsist and accommodate Navy personnel.
“The best part of being a culinary specialist is the relationships I build with people here,” said Kargenian. “Working in the galley, I get to meet everyone.”
Named in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt, the carrier is longer than three football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at more than 35 mph.
“One of my favorite things about being stationed on this ship is being here in San Diego,” said Kargenian.
Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Roosevelt.
Approximately 3,200 men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly – this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Kargenian and other Roosevelt sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
“I was in Lead Cadets and it influenced me to join,” said Kargenian. “It was a great experience and ever since then I wanted to join.”