Florence – Logistics Specialist Third Class (Surface Warfare) Ruben Ybarra of the United States Navy has been deployed since June, assigned to mine sweeping missions in the Persian Gulf, where he has been embarked on the USS Devastator and the USS Ardent assigned to the MCM Crew Conflict.
Recently, Ybarra was awarded Junior Sailor of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter 2013 and presented with a citation for commendable service as Storeroom Custodian for MCM Crew Conflict embarked in USS Ardent (MCM 12) and USS Devastator (MCM 6) from July, 2013 to September, 2013.
According to the citation, signed by Lieutenant Commander C.G. Lewis, U.S. Navy “Petty Officer Ybarra performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner.” Mentioned are his attention to detail, keen leadership, selfless devotion and knowledge.
He was also awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Ruben Ybarra, a 2009 graduate of Superior High, is hoping to return home sometime in January for the birth of his second child. His proud wife, daughter, parents and sisters are waiting.