SURFOR Staff Celebrates CPO 116th Birthday

By MC2 Daniel Taylor, SURFOR Public Affairs Office

SAN DIEGO, CA – Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) Chief Petty Officers (CPO) and special guests gathered in the CPO mess at the command headquarters April 1 to celebrate 116 years of “Chiefly” accomplishments.

The event, coordinated by SURFOR’s CPO Mess, featured several guest speakers, including SURFOR Force Master Chief (SW) Eric Page.

“This is a time-honored tradition that allows us to take a step back and look at how and why we got here. There’s a reason why the rank of Chief Petty Officer was created — it was created for those Sailors who went out of their way to do what was necessary to accomplish the mission; they simply went out and got the job done,” Page said.

Personnel Specialist First Class (SW) Efren Gomez Jr., a guest who was invited to the event, said he was honored to be part of the celebration.

“Getting a personal invite from one of the Chief Petty Officers on the staff was a privilege,” Gomez said. “Being a part of a ceremony that celebrates the Sailors, our heritage, the Chiefs - who are the true backbone of the Navy - was a great experience.”

The celebration culminated in the customary tradition of a cake cutting with a CPO cutlass by the oldest and youngest CPOs on the staff.