SAN DIEGO -- The crew of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) welcomed 10 Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) during a pinning ceremony Sept. 15.
The ceremony was the culmination of a six-week training period, known as CPO 365 Phase II, during which the command’s senior enlisted leaders introduced the chief selectees to a myriad of challenges designed to strengthen their leadership skills and provide a better understanding of what it means to be a Navy Chief. Their training also included the history and traditions of the CPO Mess, mentorship, team-building exercises and community service.
“Always take care of your family, Sailors and support the Chiefs Mess” said Senior Chief Quartermaster Jory Mason, one of the senior enlisted leaders who helped mold the selectees into who they are today.
When asked to define what it means to be a Chief, Chief Sonar Technician Geoffrey Walton replied, “The most influential leader and mentor in the Navy who maintains the standard, preserves our history and develops our future.”
Navy CPOs continue to uphold good order through operational execution on the deck plates and developing today’s junior Sailors into tomorrow’s leaders. Paul Hamilton’s new chiefs had a productive CPO transition season to the great benefit of the Surface Force and wider Navy.