Chief Pinning at Misawa Air Base

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Chief Pinning at Misawa Air Base

by: MC3 Samuel Weldin | .
NAF Misawa Public Affairs | .
published: September 17, 2015

MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Seven Sailors celebrated career milestones as they donned their khakis, pinned on their anchors, and joined the esteemed ranks of chief petty officers (CPO) at Misawa Air Base.

 The process started one month prior when these seven first class petty officers were selected to undergo the chief training process called "CPO 365 Phase Two".

 Phase Two is designed to instill advanced leadership and networking skills required to be a CPO.

 The CPO Selectees are as follows:

 Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Faruq El from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Hardy from Muskegon, Michigan
 Chief Fire Controlman Michael Keller from San Diego
 Chief Aerographer's Mate Antoine Lewis from Richmond, Virginia
 Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate Brandon McKernan from Wilmington, North Carolina
 Chief Logistics Specialist Stacey Myers from Columbus, Georgia
 Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Michael Salinas from Rockport, Texas

 "The Navy has not promoted you to the rank of chief petty officer because of what you have done," said Naval Air Facility Misawa's Command Master Chief Steven Snyder. "You have been promoted because of what we expect you to do."

 Family members and friends pinned two gold anchors on each newly appointed chief's collar as their sponsors placed a combination cover on their head.

 The CPO rank was established April 1, 1893. Chief petty officers are expected to act as both technical experts and naval leaders.

 "Chief's accept a great responsibility, not only to lead enlisted, but young officers as well,' said Commanding Officer, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Capt. Keith Henry. "The chief petty officers are the core that ensures mission success and really enforces honor, courage and commitment."

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