Two Sailors from USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) are pinned as chief petty officers during a ceremony held Sept. 19 in Pearl Harbor.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful backdrop to this ceremony, the USS Missouri,” said CDR Daniel Valascho, USS REUBEN JAMES Commanding Officer, “Out of the ashes of the attack on December 7th rose the strength of the U.S. Navy. Chiefs, they promoted the right men.”
GSEC Jose David and CTTC Robert Zimmerman put on khaki uniforms and chief combination covers for the first time for the pinning ceremony, joined by their families and shipmates. Chief David joined the Navy in 1999 and his previous assignments include USS SHILOH, USS CHUNG-HOON, and NRD Los Angeles. CTTC Zimmerman joined the Navy in 2001 and his previous assignments include USS SHOUP and NIOC Colorado.
“Your duties and responsibilities as a Chief Petty Officer are not all found in writing, you can’t just refer to an instruction. You must have knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,” said NCCS Johannes Gonzales, USS REUBEN JAMES Command Senior Chief, “You will at times be overwhelmed by everything that is expected of you as a Chief Petty Officer. ‘Ask the Chief’ is a resident phrase both on and off the ship, and for good reason. You have not merely been promoted to the rank of E7, you have joined an elite brotherhood; You are a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.”