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September 14, 2012 / iDriveWarships

SURFPAC Pins New Chief Petty Officers

“This is the single most important day of your career as a Sailor,” said Command Master Chief John Crewdson to chief selectees during a pinning ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Sept. 14.

In the Navy and only the Navy, the rank of E7 carries unique roles and responsibilities unlike the other branches of service where it’s just a promotion.

Rich in traditions and rituals, which guide much of Navy life, the chief petty officer pinning ceremony is preserved to make sure Sailors stay consistent with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.

“Today you will follow the proud traditions of the thousands of chief petty officers who blazed the trail before you,” said Crewdson.

“You will now become leaders for your junior Sailors and have a responsibility to mentor your junior officers,” he said. “But you did not get here on your own. You got here through hard work and by taking on additional jobs and responsibilities.”

The chief selectees’ final charge for the day was “to commit yourself as a leader—if you’re in charge, take charge.”

All chief petty officers, master chief petty officers and senior chief petty officers in attendance stood for the reading of the chief petty officer’s creed.

Family members pinned the new chiefs’ anchors on their collars, while the chiefs who sponsored them placed covers on their heads.

Today over 4,000 Sailors across the fleet have a new first name—“Chief!” Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) congratulates all of the Navy’s new chief petty officers.

Bravo Zulu to SURFPAC’s newest chiefs:
YNC (AW) Melissa Boyd
NCC (SW/AW) Jason Duque
YNC (SW/AW) Sherri Quimby
CSC (SW) Cameron Savage

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