Juan F. Morales, a 1987 graduate of Robstown High School, was recently promoted to the U.S. Navy rank of senior chief.

Morales is one of five selections in this year's promotions in his rate. The senior chief rank in the U.S. Navy represents two percent of the upper enlisted ranks.

Morales recently accepted orders to be the senior enlisted leader for the Strike Group Oceanography Team in San Diego, Calif.

His most recent deployments were in 2007 and 2008 aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz CVN-68 as the leading chief petty officer of the ship's weather office, where he participated in both Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Morales is the son of Juan and Janie Morales of Robstown.