Heroes 2020: Airman Chantol Kelly Earns Advanced Historian Qualification

Ossining Native Earns Advanced Historian
Qualification Aboard Oldest Commissioned
Warship Afloat: USS Constitution 

Sailor Recognition Story from Navy Office Of Community Outreach

Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Chantol Kelly earned her advanced interpretive historian qualification aboard USS Constitution, Aug. 13.

The advanced interpretive historian qualification means that a sailor has studied and trained beyond the basic history of USS Constitution and has learned about all aspects of the ship’s unique design, ship life during the age of sail and the ship’s major historic battles.

“Being able to expand my knowledge has been challenging but very rewarding,” said Kelly.Kelly, a 2008 graduate of St. Mary High School, has served in the Navy for four months and USS Constitution is her first duty station.

Duty aboard USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crew members must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment.

The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.