SURFPAC Pins New Chief Petty Officers

SURFPAC CPO pinning 2014

“This is the most significant transition that you will experience during your careers,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Kathryn Coleman to four chief selectees during a pinning ceremony today at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

For the last 121 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 an advancement in pay grade.

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.

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.

“This rank carries with it a unique responsibility and privilege,” said Knox. “Tomorrow the real work of being a chief begins.”

Following six weeks of intensive CPO 365 Phase II training, the new chiefs carried out the time-honored tradition of singing “Anchors Aweigh” before donning their anchors and combination covers.

“It’s amazing how these anchors make you stand taller,” said Knox. “Wear them with pride.”

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’ newest chiefs:

GSMC Jeremiah Barboza
GSEC Alexander Peralta
PSC Brian Stackpole
YNC Katherine Voyce


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