By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 5, 2014) – Six Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were frocked to highest enlisted rank, May 2.
Senior Chief Machinist Mate Andrew V. Frederick, Senior Chief Master-At-Arms Katherine A. Knight, Senior Chief Personnel Specialist Gilbert G. Lariba, Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Daniel L. Weaver, Senior Chief Aerographer’s Mate Ty H. Magowan and Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Gerald M. Williams were frocked to the rank of master chief petty officer.
“This is the best day of my life,” said Knight. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It’s been a long road, but I stayed the course and continued to do what I thought was the right thing.”
The ceremony was held on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier during an all hands call with Capt. Greg Fenton, George Washington‘s commanding officer, Capt. Carlos Sardiello, George Washington’s executive officer and George Washington’s Command Master Chief Shaun Brahmsteadt.
“It is quite an accomplishment and one of the most proud moments,” said Brahmsteadt. “It is indicative of all of the hard work that is paying off.
According to Brahmsteadt, less than one percent of all of the people who join the Navy will become a master chief petty officer.
“Frocking the master chiefs is the first step” said Brahmsteadt. “Senior chief results and junior Sailor advancement results are approaching and I expect those results to be sky high because we spend a great deal of time training being forward-deployed.”
Family members and fellow Sailors took part in the ceremony by pinning on new master chief petty officer collar devices.
“Making master chief requires the help and full support of a community,” said Williams. “That community consists of both your Navy family and more importantly your personal family. All of the support you receive will help you become successful.”
Advancement to master chief petty officer reflects not only the hard work of the senior chief petty officer, but also the team of Sailors they lead.