OKINAWA, Japan -- Chief petty officers and first class petty officers attached to USS Denver (LPD 9) participated in a CPO 365 pride run at White Beach Naval Facility Feb. 4.
The CPO 365 program helps todays chief petty officers shape the leaders of tomorrow.
"It means a lot to me and it shows we can come together as a team regardless of rank," said Chief Damage Controlman Carlos Gonzalez. "It's pretty neat that we can get up together and go run and build a strong relationship between us as the leadership of the ship."
The event started with members conducting warm-up exercises before taking off to run around the base singing cadence along the way.
Denver, being the oldest active amphibious warship in the Navy, is led by Sailors who are proud of her capabilities and accomplishments.
"I am proud at the fact that the Denver could commit 45 years of service and still be called upon to serve," said Yeoman 1st Class Benjamin Naylor. "There is a lot of pride in this crew and they work tirelessly to keep the ship at the level that it is."
Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Operations.