Korey Ray excels as U.S. Navy nuclear mechanic

Milestones for 7/25/13 edition of the Sierra Star

July 23, 2013 

Korey Ray, a 2007 Yosemite High School graduate, has been excelling in his career as a nuclear mechanic with the U.S. Navy.

In 2010, he graduated from Recruit Training Command as a fireman recruit (E-3). He went on to Machinist Mate "A" School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, S.C. and graduated in the top half of his class with a 3.2 GPA; rewarded with the rank of machinist mate 3rd class (E-4).

While on hold to attend Nuclear Power School, also at NNPTC, he acted as watch supervisor for classified material storage and general base security. He graduated from the school with a 3.3. GPA, placing in the top third of his class.

From there, he was transferred to the USS George Washington, CVN-73 in Yokosuka, Japan in March of 2012. During his first underway, he was chosen as one of 23 nuclear mechanics Navy-wide (and the only one on his ship) to be advanced to the rank of petty officer 2nd class (E-5).

He was qualified to work on initial propulsion plant watch stations and took over as damage control "on-scene leader" for the reactor plant repair locker, where he coordinated firefighters and prepared engineers in combating real and simulated casualties, such as flooding, fire, deranged ordinance, and fuel leaks.

He served as a member of a 26-man steaming watchteam trained to use two pressurized water reactors to generate enough steam to propel an 100,000-ton nuclear aircraft carrier at 32+ knots.

Since December, he's been in charge of identifying material condition discrepancies; managing the job creation, completion process; ordering repair parts on a multi-million dollar budget; and training junior personnel in maintenance and watchstanding practices.

Ray is referred to as the "Bull Nub," due to his high levels of competency and his aggressive work ethic, despite being among the most junior group of reactor mechanics.

He has been to Busan, South Korea; Hong Kong; Guam; Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines.

His parents are Dianne Conway of North Fork and Kenneth Ray of Bend, Ore. He is the grandson of Iva Berner of North Fork.

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