EVERETT, Wash (NNS) -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett and its tenant commands promoted 22 Sailors to the rank of chief petty officer, Sept. 21.
They were presented with chief anchors and covers during a Chief Petty Officer Pinning Ceremony, held at the NAVSTA Grand Vista Ballroom.
Over a period of six weeks, the Sailors learned about becoming a chief petty officer.
Some of the newly pinned chiefs believed the transition period was taxing, but felt relieved and proud that they have made the journey.
Chief Yeoman (SW/AW) Jeff Nastasi assigned to NAVSTA Everett said the indoctrination session is not only just for the selectees, but for the entire chief's mess to get together and learn from eachother and absorb hundreds of years of information and traditions.
"We feed off each other and try and give the tools that will be needed in different situations," said Nastasi. "It took a lot of effort from everyone to put this event together and it turned out successful."
During the ceremony, new chief petty officers proudly wore the khaki uniform and awaited to be pinned and covered when their names was called.
"I can not wait to take on the positional job as chief petty officer," said Chief Master-at-Arms Quinci Viduari assigned to Naval Security Force Naval Station Everett.
"I am very proud, it was a learning journey," said Viduari. "I know there is a long journey ahead of me and more responsibility now, but I would lead by example."
Chief Electronics Technician Carol Wigley said it was a lot of hard work yet well worth it.
The ceremony ended with the reading of the chief's creed, followed by a congratulatory receiving line formed for the new chief petty officers.
"It feels great, I am honored and proud to be a Navy chief," said Wigley. "Going through the training was outstanding as it was a very highly educational process."
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