A native of Los Angeles, California, Master Chief Araiza graduated from Quartz Hill High School – Class of 1995. She entered the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in October 1995. Following recruit training, she attended Religious Program Specialist (RP) “A” school at Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi.
Following RP “A” school, she reported to Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. In September 1999, she was reassigned to Naval Communication Telecommunications Station, Guam.
In August 2001, she reported to the Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Expeditionary Skills Training course on board Camp Johnson, North Carolina. Upon completion of training, in October 2001,
she reported to her first operational Fleet Marine Force unit, 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where she served as the battalion RP for 8th Engineer Support Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In November 2003, she was assigned to Naval Submarine Support Center, Norfolk, Virginia. In April 2005, she deployed for seven months with Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In December 2006, she was assigned to 2nd Medical Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In January 2007, she deployed for thirteen months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), Senior RP. She deployed for a second time as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Group Chaplain’s Office, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) in January 2009 for six months.
Her most recent tours include: Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia; Second Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Hawaii. She became the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Religious Program Specialist Rating in April 2018.
Master Chief Araiza’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards.