ATGPAC Continues Tradition of High Promotion Rates with Selection of Nine Master Chiefs
SAN DIEGO – Nine Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC) senior chief petty officers were promoted to master chief as announced in a Naval administrative message.
ATGPAC has a steady history of high-promotion rates in recent years. Nine master chiefs is an increase over last year’s results, which yielded eight.
This high promotion rate is a growing trend that suggests individuals providing critically needed training to the fleet are increasing their opportunities for advancement when assigned to career-enhancing billets such as ATG. These statistics dismiss the perception that training commands are fertile ground for “twilight tours” and Sailors looking to retire. The Navy promoted six Quartermasters to the rank of master chief and four of them are currently assigned to ATG.
Training is a Sailor’s most vital resource for maintaining readiness and ultimately delivering warships ready for any contingency or tasking. ATG trainers are a group of dynamic professionals who make it their personal responsibility to drive every crew to success.
Commander, Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Richard Hunt and Force Master Chief Brannon Knox congratulated the following ATGPAC senior chief petty officers who were selected to the rank of master chief petty officer: Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Charles P. Benoit, Senior Chief Fire Controlman Jason R. Dunn, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Andre L. Harris, Senior Chief Quartermaster Robert W. Hunter, Senior Chief Fire Controlman Tad J. Lefor, Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Alma D. Nalls, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Adriano Pecadeso, Senior Chief Electronics Technician Timothy D. Toney, and Senior Chief Fire Controlman Michael J. Wessell.