Fifty-one Sailors assigned to commands aboard Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) earned the title of "chief" during a chief petty officer (CPO) pinning ceremony at the Base Theater onboard the installation, Sept. 15.
The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Selectee Induction class of 124 participated in the pinning ceremony at the culmination of a six-week training period known as CPO 365 Phase II. This training began when CPO advancement results were officially released earlier this year.
During Phase II, senior enlisted leaders introduced the chief selectees to myriad challenges designed to strengthen their leadership skills and to provide a better understanding of what it means to be a Navy chief.
Phase II also included training on the history and traditions of the Chiefs Mess, physical challenges, mentorship and many additional responsibilities.
During the ceremony, NAS Lemoore Commanding Officer, Capt. David James reminded the newest chiefs of the hard work and support it took to reach this milestone in their naval career.
“The path on which you are about to embark as a chief is not too different than the one that delivered you to this day. It too will also require hard work, dedication and sustained superior performance from yourself as well as those you will lead,” said James. “While this task might seem daunting, as it should, it is necessary to realize that none of us can do it on our own. Success depends upon the reliability of those you have trained and mentored. Continue to bring them along with you.”
James also expressed the important contributions Navy families make in the achievement of the chief petty officer before going on to speak about the increased responsibilities that will come with this new role.
"The truest way to lead is to lead by example. This should be at the core of your leadership playbook. You must always lead by example,” James said. “You are now required to set the example that our junior Sailors expect and our core values demand. This is the price of leadership. Maintain the conviction to do the right thing, every single second of every single day, even when no one is looking – because I can assure you that while you may think no one is looking, they are.”
After family members and friends pinned the newest chiefs with their gold fouled anchors, each chief received a combination cover signifying a new position of leadership and responsibility.