Local graduate selected to serve as officer

NEW PALESTINE — Master at Arms 1st Class Kristen Maxwell, of New Palestine, was one of four Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford Sailors recently selected for commissioning as limited-duty officers after 12 years of service.

She credits her success in the Navy to the support and encouragement of the sailors around her, and soon her life will change again as she transitions into the role of a commissioned officer.

“The sailors around me have brought me to where I am today,” Maxwell said. “I finally decided to set goals for myself, and I stuck to those goals. I wanted to become an officer, and I will soon finally achieve that dream. It’s a great feeling.”