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Aug. 15, 2022

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In the Service

The Columbian

Airman Rostyslylav Herashchenko serves as an aviation boatswain’s mate aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). RIMPAC has taken place about every other year since 1971; the 2022 exercise is the 28th in the series. The theme of this year’s RIMPAC is Capable, Adaptive Partners.

“I’m looking forward to testing my skills and learning new ones during RIMPAC,” said Herashchenko. “I want to see how everyone works in this real-world scenario.”

The RIMPAC 2022 training program includes gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious exercises, counter-piracy, mine-clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

As a boatswain’s mate, Herashchenko is responsible for supervising aircraft movement, spotting, and securing of aircraft and equipment.

“I’m already proud to just be sent out here to the carrier after making it through school, and I’m proud to play my part,” said Herashchenko.

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