NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 13, 2013) Ten chief petty officer (CPO) selectees from Newport, R.I., sing “Anchors Aweigh” during a CPO pinning ceremony at U.S. Naval War College (NWC). Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., president, NWC, served as the guest speaker for the event, which served as an opportunity to formally recognize the newly pinned CPOs. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist/Released)
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn Graham
Sept. 13, 2013
NEWPORT, R.I. – Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport welcomed 10 of the Navy's newest chief petty officers (CPO) during a pinning ceremony at U.S. Naval War College, Sept. 13.
During the ceremony, Chief Sonar Technician Philip Bartholomew, Chief Machinist’s Mate Dempsey Faulkner, Chief Operations Specialist Anthony Ford, Chief Culinary Specialist Kristopher Freyberg, Chief Gunner’s Mate Christian Garcia, Chief Machinist’s Mate Frederick McKaig, Chief Machinist’s Mate Jason Whitt, Chief Yeoman Raymond Fredrick, Chief Information Systems Technician Marissette Rodriguez and Chief Fire Controlman John Rodriguez-Hardy were pinned with their fouled-anchors and donned their CPO covers.
"I've been striving toward this milestone my entire career," said newly pinned CPO, Chief Machinist Mate Jason Whitt. "Now I have reached it with the support of my Sailors and the support of the chief’s mess. Chiefs always lead from the front and guide their Sailors."
Newly pinned Chief Yeoman Raymond Fredrick reflected on CPO 365 Phase II training and the importance of good teamwork and leadership.
"Ask the chief is a common phrase,” said Fredrick. "I want my Sailors to seek me out for guidance and support. It's going to be my job to know the answers, or to find the answers for my Sailors. I want to help them make the right choices and give them advice based on regulations and my experience."
CPO 365 is a year-long development and training for first class petty officers (FCPO) and was first introduced in 2010 under former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West. It includes two phases. Phase II began when the chief selectees are announced and concludes with the pinning ceremony.
During Phase II training, CPO selects learn the importance of the chiefs' mess and their impact on the commands they serve in, how to work as a team, and expectations of a chief. CPO 365 also emphasizes CPO history, heritage and naval traditions.
Chief Cryptologic Technician Christine Nestel, NAVSTA Newport CPO 365 Phase II chairwoman, offered her congratulations and emphasized the significance of becoming a chief.
“Training new chiefs is demanding on our entire CPO mess," said Nestel. "Good CPOs are a boon to their commands and to the communities they live and work in. They have an amazing legacy to fulfill as the Navy's mentors and storied leaders."
According to Nestel the training could not have been completed without the teamwork from the chiefs from all the various tenant commands around the base.
“The Newport CPO mess did an excellent job training our new chiefs,” said Nestel. “Every CPO in our mess represents a strong example to emulate and is by far the best group of chiefs I’ve ever trained with.”
Following the ceremony, newly-appointed chiefs celebrated with their family, friends and sponsors.
"The induction process was challenging, but it was worth it," concluded Whitt. "It definitely taught us humility, and it taught us teamwork and that the chief's mess is a strong family."
The CPO pinning ceremony is a tradition unique to the Navy, which dates back to 1893, when the chief petty officer pay grade was created. The ceremony signifies a new position of leadership and responsibility.
Video of the ceremony can found on the college's YouTube channel, at http://youtu.be/lkso-lWYtsg
Posted by Daniel S. Marciniak