By Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. – More than 200 Sailors stationed in the Pacific Northwest assumed the the duties and responsibilities of a chief petty officer (CPO) at pinning ceremonies held throughout the region, Sept. 13.
The CPO pinning ceremonies held on or in the surrounding communities of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Naval Station Everett (NSE), and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) honored a 120-year naval tradition of the chief petty officer.
“It’s all about brotherhood,” said Senior Chief Electricians Mate (SW/AW) Rowell Ducay, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Puget Sound. “The main thing of being a chief is that we are put here to make a difference for our Sailors.”
Upon receiving news of their promotion in August, the new chiefs immediately starting participating in Phase II of CPO 365, a process designed to prepare them for the duties and responsibilities of a CPO.
“NBK and Navy Region Northwest have the CPO 365 training down. They really taught all of us a great deal during this process,” said Chief Legalman Dana Martinez, Region Legal Service Office. “We learned so much about the what it means to be a chief and all about deck plate leadership.”
Throughout Phase II, new chiefs were mentored by current chiefs and learned lessons in leadership and on naval history as well as the heritage of the CPO community. During this process they also participated in multiple community relations projects.
During the ceremonies, the selects were pinned by family and friends, and received their chief combination cover from their chief sponsor.
“It’s an awesome feeling. It’s an honor to a part of the chief’s mess, and to be finally recognized for all my hard work and all my Sailor’s hard work,” said Chief Master at Arms Brennon McClure, who was pinned during a ceremony on NSE.
At the conclusion of a ceremony held at the NBK Chapel, Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief Brian Schell read the MCPON’s guiding principles to the new chiefs.
“I am proud and very pleased to welcome these new chiefs into our chiefs mess,” said Schell. “I really want the new chiefs to know, embrace and live by the MCPON’s guiding principles that I just read and if they do that, they will be a great chief.