By Ryo Isobe, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 16, 2016) – Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka promoted Petty Officer 1st Class Marshall Goble to the rank of chief at a joint pinning ceremony, held at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Chapel of Hope.
The occasion, in which fouled anchors are pinned to the new chief’s uniform, marks an enlisted Sailor’s promotion from first class petty officer to chief petty officer. The transition brings to the new chief additional responsibilities, privileges and challenges.
“Ascending to the rank of chief petty officer is perhaps the most significant transition that occurs in any military service,” said Capt. Jeffery Davis, the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) commanding officer, in his celebratory remarks. “You will have the opportunity to have similar impacts on Sailors. You have the privilege to lead. The young Sailors and division officers need you!
“Remember, you must continue to grow and learn as you strive to provide the world class leadership our Navy expects from you. Remember, this is not the end of a journey, it’s the beginning,”
The ceremony was held jointly with NAVSUP FLC, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and Surface Warfare Officers School Command Engineering Learning Site Yokosuka (SWOS ELS), celebrating a total of eight new chiefs.
“The excitement, pride and sense of accomplishment for [my selection] has given me peace that my wife and kids have been recognized for their sacrifices,” Goble said. “They’ve dealt with many deployments, trainings, late nights, missed birthdays and anniversaries. I am so thankful that my wife has what it takes to stand by me. It’s a unique and necessary role for our [active duty personnel] success. I can’t put into words how thankful I am to know she holds it down and ensures the show goes on in my absence. I also have to thank the Sailors that have trusted me to be their mentor.”
Goble is one of the U.S. Navy divers stationed at SRF-JRMC Yokosuka, providing underwater maintenance support to 13 forward-deployed ships and other surface and sub-surface vessels in the 7th Fleet.
He was born in Charlotte, N.C. and joined the Navy as an air crewman in 2003. He flew and transported VIPs and special operations personnel throughout the southern Philippines and all through the Middle East. Goble always wondered what those operations would be like once on the ground.
During his tour in Bahrain, Goble screened for special operations and got orders to the naval diving salvage training center in Panama City, Fla. After acquiring professional skills and qualifications through several schools and courses, he led diverse groups as the leading petty officer and qualified unlimited diving supervisors, diving salvage warfare specialists and Naval parachutists. He also received his bachelor of science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
In 2010, Goble transferred to San Diego, Calif. to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One. He also assisted Operation Tomodachi when Japan was hit by a huge earthquake and a tsunami in 2011.
In 2012, Goble reported to 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Camp Pendleton. As the unlimited diving supervisor for three battalions, or approximately 600 people, Goble said this was by far the most interesting experience in his career.
“We worked alongside Naval Special Warfare Unit One in Guam and did pretty high-speed stuff,” he said. “There are some very distinct operations I was involved with – simply put, you didn’t have to pay me to do that stuff – it was that fun!”
Established in 1893 as the highest enlisted rank in the Navy at the time, the promotion from first class petty officer to chief in the U.S. Navy is regarded as one of the most momentous accomplishments for enlisted Sailors. Chiefs are not only experts in their specialties, but they also serve as leaders for their junior Sailors and provide guidance to junior officers.
In his ceremonial remarks, Davis reminisced about his first tour as a junior supply officer aboard USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), a fast attack submarine. He spoke about how the ship’s highest ranking enlisted Sailor, called the “chief of the boat,” provided him valuable help when he needed it.
“‘Don’t worry, Chop, I got you covered,’” said Davis, recollecting what the chief of the boat would say to him. “Chop” was the nickname he was given, due to his collar device’s resemblance to a pork chop. The chief was Command Master Chief Terry Scott, who later became the 10th master chief petty officer of the Navy.
SRF-JRMC additionally promoted Chief Hospital Corpsman Steven Flannagan from their detachment’s dive locker at a separate joint pinning ceremony, held in Fleet Activities Sasebo on the same day.
Also recognized at the Yokosuka ceremony were NAVSUP FLC, Chief Petty Officer Kevin J. Evans and Chief Chief Petty Officer Timothy Anderson; DLA, Chief Chief Petty Officer Juan M. Avos and Chief Chief Petty Officer Yu He; and SWOS, Chief Chief Petty Officer Alvin T. Crisostomo and Chief Chief Petty Officer James Dykes.
The official party included SRF-JRMC Commanding Officer Capt. Garrett Farman and DLA Distribution Executive Officer Lt. Marson Matute.