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    Hawaii chief selectees participate in Hawaii Inaugural Chief Petty Officer Pride Day

    Hawaii chief selectees participate in Hawaii Inaugural Chief Petty Officer Pride Day

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark | Chief selectees from around Hawaii prepare for the results of the inaugural Chief...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark 

    Defense Media Activity Forward Center - Pacific   

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - Naval Information Operations Command hosted the inaugural Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Pride Day Hawaii at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Sept. 4.

    Similar events are held annually in San Diego, Great Lakes and
    Jacksonville, which got Hawaii CPOs to brainstorming, so the Hawaii CPO Pride Day was born. The event gives chiefs yet another chance to instill and promote CPO pride, mess cohesion and encourages cross-island CPO communication through competition into the newest generation of Chiefs.

    "We're hoping that this is the first of many," said Chief Petty
    Officer Cryptological Technician (Collection) Rasheem Wynn, event
    coordinator. "When we designed this, we want this to be a legacy."

    According to Wynn, the idea of holding the inaugural CPO Pride
    Day at the Battleship Missouri Memorial was part of the legacy they're looking to carry on.

    "[This is] one of the most historic parts that we have here in
    Hawaii," he continued. "It helps our selectees understand what their place is, as new Chief Petty Officers and understand we can't forget those that have come before us. That's what we're here for."

    Tradition and carrying on that tradition is major component of
    the transition from first class to chief petty officer.

    "It's all about pride and heritage, he said. "For them as new
    chiefs. We're the barriers of the legacy, [so] we try to instill that
    knowledge and that legacy in our new chiefs. It's up to us a chief's mess to keep that tradition going. It's our duty and responsibility to carry forward that heritage. We have to. If we're not, it lives and it dies with us."

    The importance of tradition, camaraderie and sense of was not
    lost on the selectees who participated in the event.

    "It is such an honor, we worked very hard, tirelessly to put
    this together, to come together and show our pride and really represent Navy Region," said Chief (select) Hospital Corpsman Ashley Aldeguer from U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station Hawaii. "It's instilled a sense of pride in my obligation to my country, and the honor and privilege that we have to be chosen to represent as chief petty officers."



    Date Taken: 09.04.2013
    Date Posted: 09.04.2013 23:45
    Story ID: 113094

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