By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Schneider,
USS Chancellorsville Public Affairs
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 16, 2016) – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) crew celebrated the promotion of three, new Chief Petty Officers (CPO) while underway in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 16.
The chiefs’ pinning ceremony is a tradition unique to the Navy, which dates back to 1893 when the chief petty officer paygrade was created. The ceremony signifies a new position of leadership and responsibility for the Navy.
Prior to their pinning, the Selectees completed the six-week training period known as CPO 365 Phase II. During the training period, senior leaders introduced the CPO selectees to a set of challenges that were designed to strengthen their leadership and mentoring abilities.
“These past few weeks we learned a lot about the mess and what it actually takes to be a Chief,” said Chief Machinist’s Mate Gibril Dramani, one of the newly pinned chiefs. “We are here because of all the junior Sailors who helped us achieve this milestone and now it’s our turn to give back to them so one day they can fill our shoes.”
The pinning ceremony began with the soon-to-be chiefs marching in formation singing “Anchors Aweigh, ” showing the Navy pride and unity that comes with the title and rank of CPO.
The pinning ceremony marks a major accomplishment in the Sailor’s careers and their admittance to an important community in the Navy.
“Chief selects, today your life changes forever,” said Command Master Chief Jason R. Dunn. “Through a sustained period of time, you have demonstrated the potential to assume greater responsibility. Your selection to Chief Petty Officer is not a check mark, it is not a destination, and it is not to be taken lightly.”
As part of their new responsibly, these new chiefs are expected to guide their junior Sailors and uphold the legacy of the Chief Petty Officer.
“One of my long term life goals since joining was to become a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy and it feels surreal that it’s finally happening,” said newly pinned Chief Gunner’s Mate Jamario Perry. “As new chiefs it’s our responsibility to lead and mentor Sailors to be successful in their careers and in life.”
Before ceremony ended, each CPO selectee passed through side boys, announced as a CPO in the United States Navy.