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Newly promoted Navy Chief Petty Officer Bryan Christian is joined by his family after the ceremony.

Navy chief aviation structural mechanic Bryan Christian from Waco was recently promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year.

Christian, a 2002 Parkview Christian Academy graduate, is serving with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 3.

“It is a culmination of hard work of the sailors I led and worked with,” Christian said. “Also, the sacrifice and love of my wife and children.”

Only 8.5 percent of sailors currently serving are at the chief petty officer rank, according to Navy Personnel Command.

To be selected for this promotion, sailors must be a petty officer 1st class, and successfully navigate through two qualifying factors: a job-based exam and a selection review board. A sailor’s performance is evaluated for at least five years, and each sailor attributes different experiences for their selection.

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