– Guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) held a pinning ceremony for six new chief petty officers (CPO) on the ship’s forecastle Sept. 14.
The newest CPO’s received their gold anchors after senior leadership spoke about the significance of the insignia, the title and the responsibility of the promotion. Mustin Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joseph Ring, congratulated the newly khaki-clothed Sailors who joined the mess and earned the title of “chief”.
“This is the greatest honor of my career to preside over your chief pinning today, I am so proud of you six shipmates,” he said. “There is a notion that you can remove all the officers from a ship and she can still get underway, take station and complete a mission. It is also said that if you remove chief petty officers from a ship, she will go dead in the water. To you newly pinned CPO’s, serve with respect and integrity everyday, be the chief, set the example, and always lead from the front.”
Mustin Command Master Chief Steven Snyder echoed Ring’s comments further praising the new CPO’s for their consistency, hard work and commitment to the Navy.
“Today we are here celebrating the dawn of your new naval life and a title you so richly deserve,” Synder said. “Every Sailor, both officer and enlisted will or should know the three words that will help them in their Navy career, ask the chief. The answers that you provide will motivate, mentor, counsel and advise. Your answers will make profound and lasting differences in so many lives and will configure the traditions, values and success of our Navy in the decades ahead.”
The ceremony followed a six-week training period known as Induction, which began Aug. 1, when CPO advancement results were released. Each following day, senior leaders introduced the CPO selectees to methods that will help them effectively lead and mentor junior Sailors.
Unlike other branches in the military, promotion to the rank of E-7 in the Navy requires a Sailor take on a dual role of technical expert and designated leader. The title of “chief” carries with it a tradition of knowledge, teamwork and ability to take charge that began when the Navy first established the rank on April 1, 1893.
Newly pinned Chief Fire Controlman Christopher Cruz said the transition from E-6 to CPO has been a humbling experience and that he looks forward to future challenges and tasking in his naval career as a CPO.
“It feels good to accomplish this goal and to be accepted by the CPO mess,” he said. “I hope to be able to continue to guide junior Sailors because it is all about them, they are the reason I am where I am today in the Navy. I not only want to guide them but be a positive example for them and show them how to set themselves up for success in the fleet.”
Mustin, commanded by Cmdr. Joseph Ring, is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the US Navy’s only continuously forward deployed carrier strike group based out of Yokosuka, Japan