USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 pinned chief's anchors on 43 new chiefs, Sept. 16.
Once they don the new uniform, the new chiefs are expected to perform at an advanced standard and always look for ways to improve the process.
"Chiefs are not content with the status quo," said Enterprise's Commanding Officer, Capt. Larry Rice. "You look for ways to improve things around you. To the chief, taking care of junior Sailors does not mean getting the most liberty for them. It means getting the most combat effectiveness with them."
In order to learn how to become effective chief petty officers, the new chiefs went through a challenging six-week transition process where they learned critical lessons, such as leadership, mentorship and teamwork. The goal of these lessons is to turn them from the first class petty officers they were into the chief petty officers they are today.
"In your future as a chief petty officer, you will endure adversity far beyond what was imposed upon you today," said Command Master Chief Robert Gudge, command master chief of CVW-1. "You must face each challenge and adversity with the same dignity and good grace as you have all demonstrated today."
Chiefs play a critical role in today's Navy. They support the division officers and department head above them and lead the petty officers below them.
"The chief is very important," said Chief Interior Communications Electrician (SW/AW) C.J. Hunter, the coordinator for the chief petty officer pinning ceremony. "Many times, people don't realize the things they really do. It's more than just coming into work to shuffle papers. It's having a love and concern for the people that work for you and that you work for."
It's also important for the new chiefs to always strive to better themselves as leaders and understand how to best encourage and motivate their junior Sailors to do the best they can.
"My goal is to be a more effective leader," said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (SW) Adam Crain. "True, you get selected for chief petty officer by demonstrating leadership, but once you become a chief you're expected to perform at a higher level. One of the benefits of the chief's mess is the camaraderie, which gives us the ability to throw ideas off each other and that's what's going to help me be a more effective leader."
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