SAN DIEGO –
Seven Sailors from Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) and subordinate commands were promoted to the rank of chief petty officer (CPOs) at a pinning ceremony held at the base chapel on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Sept. 16.
The ceremony marks the end of a seven-week induction period designed to prepare new CPOs to perform in the leadership roles for which they have been selected. The title of chief petty officer carries with it responsibilities and privileges unique to the rank of E-7, as compared to other branches of the Armed Forces. CPOs wear a different uniform, and also have their own berthing and messing accommodations. Chiefs are considered "deckplate" leaders and are responsible for mentoring and training Sailors and junior officers, as well as facilitating lines of communication up and down the chain of command.
During the induction period, the new CPOs participated in professional and physical training, and team building exercises such as hiking up San Diego’s Iron Mountain Trail. They also performed fund raisers and performed volunteer work in the local community.
Chief petty officer induction is a training process that has evolved through the years to provide new chiefs with tools to be effective and ethical leaders.
"It’s a process that’s been proven to work," said Hospitalman Chief Petty Officer Austin Ivy. "This process helps develop key characteristics that make a chief a chief. It makes them able to stand up for what’s right and do the right thing, regardless of who is watching, or who is applying pressure. They’re able, after this process, to do the right things for the right reasons."
The value of the training is not lost on the new CPOs.
"I definitely did not have the slightest idea what it was like in the chiefs mess or in the chief’s community until the induction," said Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Angela Quihuiz. "There is definitely a strong sense of sisterhood and brotherhood. It almost feels like a family. It is a family."
The pinning ceremony is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to the Navy.
"I made chief in 16 years," said Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Miriam French. "It took a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of great mentors, and great junior Sailors who helped me make it. It makes me feel awesome to have made chief. Now my goal is to help someone else make it."
The seven new CPOs are: Air Traffic Controller Chief Petty Officer (AW) Spencer Holloway, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 12; Air Traffic Controller Chief Petty Officer (AW/SW) David Kendrick, TACRON 11; Yeoman Chief Petty Officer (SW) Miriam French, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific; and Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Tim Pearson; Religious Programs Chief Petty Officer (SW) Jennifer Snow, OSC(SW) Shaun Cale; and Yeoman Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Angela Quihuiz of COMNAVSURFPAC.