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    Newest Chiefs Pinned in Southeast Asia

    Newest Chief Petty Officers Pinned in Southeast Asia

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Parker | 211119-N-HG389-0062 (Nov. 19, 2021) SOUTHEAST ASIA - Chief Information Systems...... read more read more



    Story by Gregory Johnson 

    Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific

    SOUTHEAST ASIA (Nov. 19, 2021) - Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific and Military Sealift Command Far East held a chief petty officer pinning ceremony Nov. 11.

    During the ceremony, Chief Logistics Specialist Jourdan Borcena, Chief Information Systems Technician Waide Clarke and Chief Intelligence Specialist James Webster joined what many consider one of the most exclusive groups in the military.

    “It feels great, but it also comes with new responsibilities and new challenges,” said Webster.

    “It’s on us now to raise our commitment to service and to our junior Sailors to make sure they’re doing everything they need to do to succeed, as well as serving as a mentor to junior Sailors and the junior officers in your upper chain of command.”

    For these and other new chief petty officers, the ceremony was the culmination of six weeks of focused training.

    “The training was very, very challenging, and it forced you to look both inward and outward,” said Clarke.

    “It’s something you really have to go through to fully understand what it means to be a chief, and it carries with it some very insightful lessons that are invaluable from both a personal and professional standpoint.”

    After the ceremony, Borcena shared his thoughts on what it means to be a Navy chief.

    “It means service - service with a higher standard,” said Borcena. “The standards have already been set by the chiefs that came before you, but maintaining those standards requires an ongoing effort to not only keep those standards in place but to raise those standards even higher.”

    This year’s chief pinning ceremonies across the fleet mark the 128th year the Navy has recognized the rank of chief petty officer.

    According to Naval History and Heritage Command, the rank of chief petty officer was established April 1, 1893, when some Sailors holding the rank of petty officer first class were appointed the title of chief petty officer. The Career Compensation Act of 1949 officially created an E-7 grade for all chief petty officers. A 1958 amendment to the act added two new pay grades, senior chief (E-8) and master chief (E-9).

    COMLOG WESTPAC/CTF 73 is 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready logistics, operating government-owned and contracted ships to keep units throughout the Fleet fueled, fed and in the fight.



    Date Taken: 11.19.2021
    Date Posted: 11.19.2021 03:44
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