Rafael (“Rickers”) Arriaga has been promoted to Chief Petty Officer of Electronics and will be serving on the North Carolina, a two-year-old attack sub, in August. He will be stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Rafael is a 2001 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He enlisted while in high school, and entered boot camp in June 2001. He served as electronics technician on the U.S.S. Maryland, a boomer sub, and was stationed in Kingsbury, Georgia until 2011.
He is the son of the late Rafael “Ralph” Arriaga and Darlene (Cisler) Arriaga, of Cedar Springs, and is the husband of Sarah (Knippel) Arriaga, of Port St. Lucie, Florida.