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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
110916-N-AW342-132 GROTON, Conn. (Sept. 16, 2011) Prospective chiefs
from Commander, Submarine Group Two stand in ranks during the chief's
pinning ceremony held in front of Historic Ship Nautilus. (U.S. Navy
photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer.

CSG Two Pins New Chief Petty Officers

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Three Sailors from Commander, Submarine Group Two were promoted to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) in front of the Historic Ship Nautilus, Sept. 16.

The CSG Two Sailors who pinned on their "anchor" insignia on their collars and joined the 118-year old tradition of chief petty officer leadership were Chief Yeoman Sheila Trout; Chief Electrician's Mate Owen Key; and Chief Information Systems Technician Submarines (SS/SW) Paul Pugh.

The annual ceremony, one of many which occurred around the word throughout the Navy, was the culmination of a month-long selection process geared toward instilling the skills and discipline necessary to become a chief petty officer.

Reading from the Chief Petty Officers Creed, Command Master Chief Wesley Koshoffer, Submarine Group Two, told the newly promoted chiefs, "In the United States Navy, and only in the United States Navy, the rank of E7 carries with it unique responsibilities and privileges you are now bound to observe and expected to fulfill."

The rank of chief petty officer was established by the Department of the Navy in 1893 and has remained in the service without pause ever since.

"This is why we in the United States Navy may maintain with pride our feelings of accomplishment once we have maintained the position of chief petty officer," said Koshoffer. "It is now required that you be the fountain of wisdom, the ambassador of good will, the authority in personal relations as well as in technical applications."

Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two congratulated the newly promoted chiefs during the ceremony and reflected on this important milestone in their naval careers.

"Today is a tremendous day to participate in the pinning of our chief petty officers and watch their ascension to that level of chief petty officer," said Breckenridge. "Chief petty officers are absolute experts in their fields who give their firm commitment and lives to their country while supporting their Sailors."

In addition to pinning on their anchors, the new chiefs also received their "combination covers," hats that are symbolic of the chief's community.

 
  GROTON, Conn. - The sponsor of Chief Electrician's Mate Owen Key prepares his cover prior to the official CPO pinning ceremony in front of the Historic Ship Nautilus, Sept. 16. 
  GROTON, Conn. - The parents of Chief Information Systems Technician Submarines (SS/SW) Paul Pugh place anchors on his collar prior to the official CPO pinning ceremony in front of the Historic Ship Nautilus, Sept. 16.
  GROTON, Conn. - The sponsor of Chief Yeoman Sheila Trout prepares her cover prior to the official CPO pinning ceremony in front of the Historic Ship Nautilus, Sept. 16.