NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Chief petty officer selectees aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) were officially welcomed to the chiefs' mess during the ship's fiscal year 2009 pinning ceremony Sept. 16 at the Hampton Convention Center in Hampton, Va.
With 21 new chief petty officers donning their khaki uniforms, the traditional ceremony included an invocation and benediction by Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Luis Torres, along with remarks and addresses by Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Glenn Mallo and Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter.
"It is an honor to congratulate each of you and to welcome you into the chiefs' mess," said Mallo. "Throughout the induction period, you've seen a glimpse of the chief's role in our Navy. You are now that chief. Go forth and deliver positive results."
The chief petty officer's creed was read, and Carl Vinson's chiefs were formally pinned with the symbolic fouled anchors they have strived to attain throughout their naval careers -- a symbol of both personal and professional success.
"Chiefs have been and will remain the foundation of leadership in every Navy organization," said Carter. "Joining the ranks of your predecessors marks the culmination of your years of experience and training."
Friends, family and shipmates of the chief petty officers shared congratulatory hugs and handshakes with the ship's newest khaki members shortly after each chief was officially piped aboard, marking their transitions into the "Gold Eagle's" senior leadership ranks.
"Earning the title of 'chief' validates your ability to meet every challenge ahead," said Carter. "Be proud to guide and mold the Navy's future leaders."
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