NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Thirty-seven of the Navy's newest chief petty officers (CPOs) were presented their anchors during Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group(EODGRU) 2's CPO pinning ceremony at Drexlor Manor on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story(JEBLCFS), Va., Sept. 13.
During the ceremony, 19 Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians, 13 expeditionary warfare support personnel, and five Navy divers were pinned with the coveted fouled anchors on their khaki uniform and were donned with their CPO combination cover by families and friends.
"For 120 years, United States Navy chief petty officers have been charged with a leadership role like no other. No one trains, develops and molds Sailors like the Chief," said Navy Diver Senior Chief Michael Woods, master of ceremonies. "There's a saying that goes, 'Officers run the Navy, but chiefs make the Navy run.'"
Receiving the CPO anchors and cover represents a significant career milestone and an increased level of responsibility for these senior non-commissioned officers and deckplate leaders.
"Today is a special day that each of you will remember for the rest of your lives," said Capt. John Coffey, commander, EODGRU 2. "It marks the day you join the most effective leadership body in the United States military - the Chief's Mess."
Navy chiefs have been in existence since April 1, 1893.
EODGRU 2, headquartered at JEBLCFS, oversees all east coast-based Navy EOD mobile units, including one forward deployed mobile unit in Spain, as well as EOD Expeditionary Support Unit (EODESU) 2, EOD Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2, and Mobile Diving & Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2.
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