“This will be one of the most memorable days of your career,” said Senior Chief Quartermaster Paul Bischoff to 11 chief selectees during a pinning ceremony today at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
For the last 120 years, in the Navy and only the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique roles and responsibilities unlike other branches of service where it’s simply a promotion and pay raise.
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.
Following six weeks of intensive CPO 365 Phase II training, the new chiefs carried out the time-honored tradition of singing “Anchors Aweigh” before receiving their anchors and combination covers.
Guest speaker, Force Master Chief Brannon Knox, told the new chiefs’ families that their Sailor would never be the same, and that from now on, more will be expected of them.
“Today we are making new leaders who will take us through our challenges in the future,” said Knox. “Tomorrow, the real work of being a chief begins.”
All chief petty officers, senior chief petty officers and master 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 their sponsors placed covers on their heads.
Today, thousands of 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 and supporting commands’ (+ one spouse!) newest chiefs:
GSMC Anthony Butler
LSC Angel Delgado
FCC Valentino Grisolia
GSEC Adrian Lacap
GSEC Wes Magner
LSC Virgilio Maniego
NCC Ana Ortiz
EMC Hector Ortiz
RPC Maira Quintanilla
LSC Michael Salamanca
ITC Eric Williams