Three Sailors from Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 11 received their Chief Petty Officer Anchors during a pinning ceremony at the chapel on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, September 15.
Prior to receiving the anchors, the new CPOs had completed the final leg of their CPO 365 Phase II training, a process designed to condition them to handle the responsibilities of being a Navy Chief, the previous evening where they were accepted into the CPO Mess by their new brothers and sisters.
“They’ve just completed a very transitional phase of their career and I am confident they will go on to serve honorably as Chief Petty Officers,” said Chief Operations Specialist Jeremy Rodriguez.
During Phase II training, the then-CPO Selectees participated in intense professional development and physical training evolutions, and completed a number of community service events, leadership challenges and team-building exercises to help them develop the deck-plate leadership and mindset of a Navy Chief.
"The induction process was the greatest challenge of my career," said newly minted Chief Personnel Specialist Mohammed Rayhan, “and I’m proud to join my brothers and sisters who wear the Anchors."
Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Gary Sartain, the senior enlisted leader of TACRON 11, who guided the CPO selectees through the initiation process said he is proud to welcome the newly accepted Chiefs to the command’s Chiefs Mess.
“The faces change and the commands change, but the lessons we instill do not. There’s nothing that can prepare you for the induction process, but we do our best to give them the necessary tools to navigate the rough waters they’ll face as Chiefs,” said Sartain. “There is a humble pride in knowing that as every year passes, you are passing on the mantle of leadership to the next generation as they don those Anchors.”
Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, located on Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, is responsible for the support of ships operating in 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, and the maintained training and qualification of Air Traffic Controllers.