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Surface Forces Pins More than 200 New Chief Petty Officers
By: Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – More than 200 newly-selected Chief Petty Officers (CPO) from Surface Forces commands received their anchors yesterday in pinning ceremonies held on ships and shore commands throughout Surface Forces and the Navy.

Becoming a CPO is a significant milestone in an enlisted Sailor’s career, and marks a transition into a position of greater authority and responsibility. New responsibilities include mentoring junior Sailors, and providing counseling and guidance in every aspect of their Navy careers. Family members and friends have the honor of pinning gold-fouled anchors to the collars of the chiefs’ brand-new khaki uniforms.

"I am very proud of our new Surface Chief Petty Officers," said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces. "The dedication required of these exceptional Sailors to achieve this significant career milestone is indicative of the commitment and professionalism I look for from all Surface Sailors. I also want to congratulate the families of our new CPOs, as this is not just an individual achievement, but one that should be savored and celebrated by their loved ones as well."

Naval Surface Forces Force Master Chief, Eric Page, attended the Afloat Training Group ceremony on Naval Base San Diego, during which 14 new chiefs were pinned.

“For 116 years chief petty officers have been leading the way,” Page said, “while accepting greater roles and responsibilities in every facet of our Navy along the way. Becoming a chief petty officer in today’s Navy is no small feat, and these Sailors standing here today have clearly shown they have what it takes.”

This promotion cycle, 3,676 Sailors were advanced to the rank of CPO from a total of 19,482 Sailors deemed eligible, for a promotion rate of 18.87 percent. Sailors selected as CPOs must pass a comprehensive, three-hour exam based on professional and general military knowledge to be considered “board eligible” for promotion. Those who achieve the required score on the test then have their military records reviewed by a board of Senior Chief Petty Officers and Master Chief Petty Officers. The board selects those who have shown sustained superior performance during their entire career in the Navy for promotion to the rank of CPO.

“When you put on khakis, you are no longer a Machinist’s Mate or Fire Controlman or Culinary Specialist or you pick the rate,” said Adm. Mike Mullen, Chief of Navy Operations. “You are a chief, and you are responsible for one thing, and that is leading.”

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