Navy ETSN-SS Kenneth R. Stacy, son of Roger D. and Jill Stacy of Craig, recently was awarded the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia (Silver Dolphins) in recognition of his completion of qualification in his submarine warfare specialty. His dolphins were earned through hard work and demonstration of superior ability making him now a full fledged member of the finest submarine force in the world. Stacy enlisted in the US Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District in Denver during July of 2002 between his junior and senior years in high school. Following graduation from Moffat County High School in 2003, Stacy reported to basic training at Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. After graduating from basic in August, he continued his education at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. During the nine months Stacy was at sub school he completed the following courses: Basic Enlisted Submarine Course, Tactical Computers & Network Operators, Electronics Technician Core, Navigational Principles, SSN Navigation Operations, IC Principles, and Navigation Operations Pipeline. Although Stacy's emphasis was in Navigations, he received training concerning all parts of the submarine. Stacy left Groton in May of 2004 and he reported to his home base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on June 1st.
When Stacy's "boat" returned to port in Guam, he was flown out to meet up with his shipmates. The USS Tucson (SSN 770), is a Los Angeles class submarine referred to as a "fast attack." It is nuclear powered, however, unlike the huge "Boomer" submarines, it does not carry nuclear weapons and therefore is allowed to visit ports of call. Since meeting up with the Tucson, Stacy has spent much of his time deployed in the Pacific. Besides Guam, he has gone to port in San Diego, Japan, and Saipan. When in port the boat is "refit" with needed supplies and maintenance.
The Tucson is on an extended deployment in the Pacific.