USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) pinned six new master chiefs April 27 while underway during the ship's work-up cycle.
For most, reaching master chief is the ultimate goal in an enlisted Sailor's Navy career. Sailors who advance through the ranks to E-9 often have unique opportunities to make a difference and give back to the junior Sailors who helped them reach this goal.
"Making master chief means a lot of hard work and dedication to reach a specific goal," said Master Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Gregory Renick, Operations department's leading chief petty officer.
Naval ceremonies, such as pinnings and frockings, include putting on the crow for the first time as a third class petty officer and being pinned with fouled anchors as a chief petty officer. Pinning ceremonies are a time-honored tradition in the Navy.
"The master chief pinning is a reminder of your chief petty officer pinning," Renick said. "A friend or shipmate pins your anchors on. It's a special feeling."
Becoming a master chief takes a lot help from many different people along one's career path. It takes a good chain of command with good leadership, but maybe more importantly, it's doing the hands-on work every day.
"I will never forget the junior Sailors who I trained and who helped me reach my ultimate milestone," said Master Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Anthony Fobbs, weapons department's G-5 division leading chief petty officer.
"It's the greatest accomplishment and milestone that any enlisted Sailor could envision in their military career," said Fobbs.
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