Phoenix native keeping seas free in the Middle East

A 1996 Valley Alternative Magnet High School graduate and Phoenix native is helping the U. S. Navy keep sea lanes safe and open in the Middle East, serving on the mine countermeasures ship USS Gladiator (MCM-11). Chief Petty Officer Jose Barraza is a Navy machinist’s mate and lives who works at a Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where the Gladiator is based. Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Arabian Gulf, according to a press releaes. A Navy machinist’s mate is the maintenance manager aboard a ship, the release stated.