NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- To a waiting crowd of first class petty officers and the rest of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew, Carl Vinson's 2006 chief petty officer selections were announced during morning quarters, Aug. 4.
Two hundred seventy-three Gold Eagle first class petty officers took the E-7 exam in January, and of that amount, 36 were selected to become chief petty officers. That equates to a 13.5 percent promotion rate, which is up 2.5 percent from FY 06. This promotion milestone makes Carl Vinson a front-runner among aircraft carriers in the fleet with chief petty officer selections.
"I was thrilled and proud to have my name called up to become a chief petty officer," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class(SW/AW) Sean Davis. "My division was around me during the announcement and they were congratulating me, happy to see I made it."
For many chief petty officer selectees, the announcement at morning quarters was the culmination of years of hard work.
"I felt I had a strong test and chief package," said Davis. "We all had to do well and have a strong package. It's very competitive."
Staying competitive for advancement has been a priority on Carl Vinson, balancing a busy schedule of a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) while ensuring advancement rates for the crew continue to stay high.
And for chief selectees from Carl Vinson, their promotion reward will be met with a month of new learning experiences and leadership training before being frocked with anchors.
"I believe the most important skill they will learn and bring from the training is teamwork," said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Angel Quezada, of Vinson's administration department. "Now is the time they can't sit back and wait. They have to be leaders and not followers. They will be put on the spot as chief petty officers, and they will need to be ready."
The chief petty officer selects will be in training until Sept. 15, when they will be honored for their hard work and frocked as chief petty officers.
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled RCOH at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished, and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare her for another 25 years or more of service.
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