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– USS Denver was one of the first commands in the Navy to induct First Class Petty Officers to the rank of Chief Petty Officer on September 14, 2012.
Nine Denver First Class Petty Officers were presented the cover of a Navy Chief on the flight deck in front of the ship’s crew. The new Chiefs are some of the first to be pinned in the Navy due to the time zone that the ship is currently in, making the ceremony unique and prideful.
The Chiefs worked hard to get to this level. Early mornings and late nights were endured over their indoctrination period, but at the end of it all they are happy to finally be a Chief.
“The process is amazing,” said Navy Career Counselor Chief Petty Officer Timothy Walker. “It’s challenging its hard work. It’s a fraternity that’s unbelievable it’s a brotherhood that all personnel in the Navy need to experience.”
“I feel fantastic,” said Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer Ronald Peterson. “We learned so much during that time mentally and physically and it’s an honor to be apart of the CPO mess. Everyday we’ll continue to learn new things and improve ourselves so well be more efficient to help our junior sailors out I’m looking forward to that as well.”
Command Master Chief Edwin Purdy, Command Master Chief of the USS Denver, is happy with the new editions to his Chief’s Mess and welcomes them with open arms.
“I am very proud of Denver’s new Chiefs. I could not have asked for a better group of Chiefs to enter the Chief’s Mess.”
The Chiefs learned many lessons from the other Chiefs during their indoctrination that should help them transit into their new leadership role.
“The new Chiefs learned many things,” said Purdy. “They learned to value the Chief’s Mess because any obstacles they encounter becomes ours obstacle and together we can fix the problem or accomplish the task. They know that they did not make Chief on their own. But it is their turn to lead, guide and develop every Sailor whether in their division or not, and encourage the Sailors to succeed.
"The biggest thing is relying on my brothers,” said Walker. “Relying on the Chief’s Mess and working as a unit to get things done. Make sure your doing the right thing even if it’s unpopular.”
“You got to look out for the junior people,” said Peterson. “They’re the back bone of the Navy, you have to support them and make them technical experts and future leaders for our Navy.
Our new leaders are ready to take their position and carry out the tradition, responsibility and pride that comes with being a U.S. Navy Chief.