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Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus Host 13th Annual Chief Petty Officer Heritage Days

Hampton Roads area Chief Petty Officer selectees toured the battleship Wisconsin Aug. 20-21 as part of CPO Heritage Days sponsored by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus.


The event gave more than 500 CPO selectees the opportunity to learn about their naval heritage, the meaning behind the U.S. Navy's mission and what it means to be a chief.

The purpose of CPO Heritage Days is for selectees to understand the significance of the anchors they will wear, as well as the brotherhood and sisterhood they will join.

The event gave more than 500 CPO selectees the opportunity to learn about their naval heritage, the meaning behind the U.S. Navy's mission and what it means to be a chief.

The purpose of CPO Heritage Days is for selectees to understand the significance of the anchors they will wear, as well as the brotherhood and sisterhood they will join.

"You have to be proud of what you are," said Chief (sel) Information Systems Technician Bobbie Brinkley, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command. "You can't just be a part of something and not know why it's there and the history of it. So once you know it, you have more determination to be a part of something that is so much greater than you are."

Sailors also had the opportunity to tour Wisconsin, talk to veterans from previous wars and connect with fellow CPOs.

"If you are not aware of the past, you can hardly face the future knowledgeably and effectively," said retired Master Chief Quartermaster James Owen. "Today is to help selectees tie into the heritage that they are joining and carry forth the traditions of the CPO."

The highlight of the tour for some selectees was the sharing of "sea stories" from the retired chiefs who served in prior wars.

"To see the guys from WWII and the Korean War really meant a lot to me," said Chief (sel) Navy Diver Adam Eddingfield, assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 3. "It is very significant to hear their stories because these are the guys that [paved the way for] us to be here today."

Many chiefs said taking part in the events such as the tour and information sessions are an integral part of the training process.

"This is a great event for the new chiefs," said Senior Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Micheal MacDonald, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4. "I'm very appreciative of it and I'm sure the selectees are too."

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