USS Montpelier Chief Petty Officer Reenlists on the Steps of Vermont's Capitol
MONTPELIER, Vt. - A chief petty officer assigned to USS Montpelier (SSN 765) reenlisted in the submarine's namesake city, prior to the capitol city's Independence Day celebration in Montpelier on July 3.
Chief Electrician's Mate (SS) David Chechile, who is assigned to USS Montpelier, reenlisted for six years on the steps of the capitol building during the ceremony.
"I really wanted to make it a special day for my wife, our family and our boat's namesake," said Chechile. "I was already planning to reenlist and what better place than right here in the capitol. I think it helps me demonstrate to the city of Montpelier, what an honor it is for me to serve our great nation."
Sen. Bill Doyle; Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, and John Hollar, Montpelier Mayor, also attended the ceremony.
Cmdr. Tom A. Winter, commanding officer of USS Montpelier; Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Fire Control Technician (SS) Brian K. Apfel; Chechile, and other crew members visited the namesake city. During their three-day visit, July 2 - 4, the VFW post 792, the largest post in the state hosted the crew.
Winter reflected on the long standing relationship the boat has with their host city.
"Every time we return to the boat and share our stories with the rest of the crew there is always a new generation of Montpelier Sailors sprouting up who want to make the trip the next year. I think that is a testament to the overwhelming generosity of the capital for which we are named," said Winter.
Hollar echoed the commanding officer's sentiments. "We value the honor that you and your crew bring to our great city of Montpelier," said Hollar.
Don McCormick, Post 792 commander was glad to have had the opportunity to support the men of the Montpelier.
"It is an honor to host the Montpelier crew," said McCormick. "We have such a great relationship and I look forward to continuing and building upon that mutual bond."
Montpelier is the third ship in the U.S. Navy to be named for the capitol city of Vermont. Built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, the "Mighty Monty" was commissioned March 13, 1993.