SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Beachmaster Unit One (BMU-1) conducted a flag raising ceremony Friday, March 31st, in honor of the Chief Petty Officer’s (CPO) 124th birthday.
At the command’s all hands call, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jose Salas, the command’s youngest Chief, delivered a speech about the history of the mess.
Anyone who has served in the Navy, or been exposed to the culture, can understand the pride, professionalism, and military bearing associated with earning the anchors of a Chief Petty Officer. These Sailors are the ones who have the knowledge and expertise to train those below them, as well as the junior officers above them. They are the Sailors who are sought out to ensure the job gets done. “Ask the Chief,” is a saying that is widely known and spoken throughout the Navy.
The Chief’s Mess at BMU-1 is proud for what they stand for and have diligently served their Navy, country, and their community.
“The anchors do not belong to me, but to the Sailors who have humbly allowed me to lead them,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Shane Braig. “It is an honor to wear them, but I must earn them every day.”
There is great responsibility when you become a Chief Petty Officer.
“We are entrusted in preserving the heritage, customs, and traditions of the men and women who served before us,” said Command Master Chief Michael Killion. “I must ensure that I train the men and women to fill my shoes.”
Throughout their time in the service, it is clear that the leadership of the BMU-1 CPOs has stemmed from what they learned on the deck plates. From maintenance to training to real-world scenarios, they were molded into the leaders they are today.
“I wear my anchors with pride,” said Salas. “They belong on the deck plates, as I am a carrier of tradition. It is a privilege and honor to carry them on my collar.”
Not only are the Chiefs leaders, but they are expected to look out for one another and continue to train to the higher standard.
“I am expected to lead my peers,” said Senior Chief Construction Mechanic Paul Fennell, BMU-1’s CPO Mess President. “They expect guidance and leadership from me.”
The rank of chief petty officer was established on April 1, 1893.