AT SEA - The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) executed its first Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony while underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Test (CSSQT). The ceremony, which took place on the flight deck, was a culmination of all the efforts undertaken by those who are now embraced by the Chiefs’ Mess as one of their own. For newly minted Chiefs MAC Diego Gamboa, FCC Patrick Horan, ETC Bryan Rountree and CTRC William Bohi, the ceremony marked the crossing into a new chapter of their naval careers.
A time honored naval tradition being the time period between being selected for advancement and the pinning ceremony, the Chief Selectees underwent rigorous training at the hands of the Chiefs’ Mess designed to test and improve their character, mental toughness, leadership and teamwork. Petty Officer Third Class Mandy Ybarra, from Edcouch, Texas who witnessed the pinning process, explained “We saw the challenges they had to endure as Chief Selectees. It’s really inspirational to see how they embraced the process and came out of it even better leaders than they already were.” When asked how he felt during the ceremony, Chief Petty Officer Gamboa from La Hacienda Heights, California replied, “It just felt great standing up there with my brothers. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”
The new Chiefs stand at attention
for the first time with Chiefs'
anchors on their collars.