NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka welcomes newest Chief Petty Officers
YOKOSUKA, Japan – NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka personnel, family and friends welcomed the newest Chief Petty Officers to their ranks during a pinning ceremony held at the Chapel of Hope onboard Yokosuka Naval Base Sep. 16.
The mission of the Chief Petty Officer is to provide leadership to the Enlisted Force and advice to Navy leadership to create combat-ready Naval Forces.
CPO 365 is a year-round training initiative that Chiefs Messes throughout the Navy take on to prepare first class petty officers to become chiefs. Phase II of CPO 365 begins when the chief petty officer selection board results are released, which occurred Aug. 1 this year.
“There is no way a 1st Class can become a Chief Petty Officer without CPO 365 Phase II,” said Command Master Chief Edwin Purdy, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Command Master Chief. “During this process they have been pushed to the limits, demanding nothing but the best out of them.”
Purdy thanked the Chiefs and the Chief Selects for putting their heart and soul into the training process.
“I have joined the ranks of the very best enlisted men and women in the Navy,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Thomas Lawlor, Requirements Division Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO), Industrial Support Division, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka. “It is an honor and a privilege.”
The manner of promotion to the rank of chief in the Navy is a unique process compared to the other branches in the armed forces. In the Army, Air Force and the Marine Corps, an E-6 becomes E-7. In the Navy, each eligible Sailor for chief are required to be selected by a ranking and selection board composed of master chiefs who actively choose the future leadership from the most capable Sailors, considering both their aptitude as technical experts and ability as leaders.
When asked about any advice for junior Sailors who aspire to make it to that next level, Chief Ship’s Serviceman Yuen Restuvog, who works with Provisions orders in NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Customer Service office said, “Be open minded and absorb all the advice people give you, it might be hard at times to be corrected but there is always a reason behind it.”
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka leaders were extremely pleased to see their Sailors awarded the gold fouled anchor as part of the 121st class of chief petty officers to join the Chiefs Mess.
“Chief Yuen Restuvog has been tracking to khaki her entire career and the work she has done while assigned to the Customer Service Office has been absolutely critical to the mission accomplishment of FLC Yokosuka,” said Cmdr. Mark Sheffield, director, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Operations Department. “Her hard work and well deserved professional reputation have brought her to this point and I look forward to tracking the rest of her very promising career.”
Sheffield was one of many senior leaders within the command who recognized the significance of the event.
“The Chief Pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in recognizing those few individuals selected, and it's a privilege to witness today one of my Sailors being pinned Chief Petty Officer,” said Cmdr. Bruce Kong, director, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Industrial Support Department. “I am extremely proud to call Chief Petty Officer Lawlor my chief.”
As the premier logistics command within the 7th Fleet area of responsibility it is critical for NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka to have the deckplate leadership that the Chief’s Mess provides and the pinning ceremony has officially welcomed those leaders aboard.
“These Sailors have been tried, tested and are ready to be the Chief,” said Purdy.