"It was a team effort, and I had a fantastic team that helped me put The Foundry together," said Ferguson. "Thank you very much to this week's mentors for all your hard work and effort that you put in with these students. It definitely shows in the final product we have here today."
While each participant came aboard Midway with their own expectations for The Foundry, all walked off the ship with a greater understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader in today's Navy.
"I expected to learn about leadership, heritage and taking my career to the next level," said Firecontrolman 1st Class (SW/AW) Brandon York, currently assigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. "The best thing I took away from the training is the importance of communication skills. Communication is the basis of good leadership."
York said the chief petty officers who served as mentors for the group played an invaluable role during the training.
"The role of the mentor for our group was to guide us through any confusion we might have had during the course," said York. "The mentor always gave good input to guide us in the right direction."
Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW) Kent Hall, assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit San Diego-North Island, was named as the honor graduate for The Foundry Class 003.
"It really means a lot to me and to be recognized by my peers is a greater compliment than I could ever imagine," said Hall. "I learned more this week than I have learned anywhere, ever. It really put my life into perspective."
Hall said he has been working hard for a long time in hopes of being selected to the rank of chief petty officer.
"It's going to happen when it happens," said Hall. "But I could never be more proud to be a first class petty officer in the United States Navy than I am right now."
Sponsored by the Navy Region Southwest Chief Petty Officers Foundation, The Foundry is in its third year of existence and was established to help first class petty officers develop into stronger deckplate leaders.
The next class for The Foundry is scheduled to take place Oct. 11-16.