While the tropical coastlines of Hawaii are a far cry from the tundra of his hometown of Aniak, Gas Turbine Technician Senior Chief Travis Wolf’s Yup’ik culture is close to his heart. Joining the U.S. Navy may not seem like a natural job choice for a landlocked Alaskan but it’s a career Travis has excelled at. After nearly 20 years of working his way up the ranks, Travis was recently commissioned under the Chief Warrant Officer Program.
According to the Navy, Chief Warrant Officers are managers and technical experts within their chosen fields. They have the knowledge and expertise to carry out tasks at a leadership level. It’s a high honor that takes a lot of work and luckily Travis’ family was able to see him achieve this accomplishment. Travis’ wife Danielle and sons Justis, Jaxon and Jheriko and several other family members attended the ceremony in Hawaii. Many of his family members actually took part in the commissioning ceremony; his wife and sons applied the Warrant Officer insignia devices on his uniform and his father Richard placed the new officer’s cover on his head.
“It was an honor to have my family and friends there to take part in this momentous occasion in my career,” said Travis. Travis was born in Anchorage, grew up in Sleetmute and graduate high school from Aniak, according to the Navy. While his career took him away from his home state, Travis keeps his culture close. During his time in the military, Travis has spread cultural awareness about Alaska Native and Native American traditions. Last November, during American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Travis gave presentations about Alaska Native culture to members of the Navy. He talked about growing up in a subsistence household and shared subsistence food. Travis is a leader who proves that with hard work, dedication and determination it is possible to achieve your dreams.
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