SURFPAC Pins 11 New Chief Petty Officers


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Chief selectees march and sing "Anchors Aweigh," during the FY14 CPO pinning ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Sept. 13

“This will be one of the most memorable days of your career,” said Senior Chief Quartermaster Paul Bischoff to 11 chief selectees during a pinning ceremony today at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

For the last 120 years, in the Navy and only the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique roles and responsibilities unlike other branches of service where it’s simply a promotion and pay raise.

Rich in traditions and rituals, which guide much of Navy life, the chief petty officer pinning ceremony is preserved to make sure Sailors stay consistent with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Following six weeks of intensive CPO 365 Phase II training, the new chiefs carried out the time-honored tradition of singing “Anchors Aweigh” before receiving their anchors and combination covers.

Guest speaker, Force Master Chief Brannon Knox, told the new chiefs’ families that their Sailor would never be…

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