USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) welcomed the Navy's newest chief petty officers during a pinning ceremony Sept. 16.
Pinned were Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) (SW/AW) Aubin L. Miller, Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/IDW/AW) Andrew K. Imamura, Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Harry Hall, and Chief Gas Turbine Technician (Mechanical) (SW) Robert C. Geissinger to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO).
These new CPOs join a 121-year-old tradition of leadership in the Navy. Through years of experience, performance, and testing, these individuals assume greater responsibility and privileges that they are bound to observe and expected to fulfill.
"I am very proud of the four newest members of my Chiefs Mess," said Cmdr. Daniel Straub, commanding officer, USS Ingraham and former chief fire controlman. "Each contributed greatly during the CPO 365 process and demonstrated why they have earned the right to wear the fouled anchors. I look forward to each of them taking on increased responsibility in training and mentoring our Sailors, the future of our Navy."
As a symbol of their support and welcoming into the chiefs mess, the sponsors of the new chief's, stood behind Ingraham's new CPOs. The sponsors have guided these chiefs through the past few weeks since selection and proudly affix gold fouled anchors to their collars.
"For an enlisted persons career, there are few greater milestones than being promoted to chief petty officer," said Ingraham's Command Master Chief Dewey Torres. "Each year brings with it a new opportunity for newly selected chief Petty officers to propel our Navy through its next set of leadership challenges.
The new chief's were also presented new covers as a symbol of the community they are joining. The CPO's Creed was recited during this presentation, representing the honored position of chief.
"I learned a lot during the transition," said Chief Gas Turbine Technician (Mechanical) (SW) Robert Geissinger. "CPO 365 Phase II taught me many skills that I will use throughout my career including active communication, leadership styles, and stress management."
Each new CPO walked through side boys with two strikes of the bell as they arrived. They proceeded to fall into ranks with Ingraham's Chiefs Mess.
"It gives me great pleasure to look each one of them in the eyes on their first day wearing anchors and welcome them into the Chiefs Mess," said Torres. "I am fully confident that all four of our new Ingraham chiefs will continue carry on the proud tradition of being the backbone of the Navy."
Ingraham congratulates these individuals on their well-earned and well-deserved promotion to chief petty officer, and the chiefs mess proudly welcomes them.
Ingraham is currently deployed in support of UNITAS 55-14.
The UNITAS exercise, sponsored by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, consists of a variety of maritime scenarios and exercises, and runs through Sept. 26. This year's events, hosted by Peru, are being conducted to enhance security cooperation and improve coalition operations. UNITAS is the longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise in the world. Fifteen nations are participating and collaborating in the exercise.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.