GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) (NNS) -- Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) at Surface Warfare Officer School Unit (SWOSU) Great lakes commemorated the 126th birthday of the U.S. Navy chief petty officer during a special recognition ceremony April 12.
The ceremony featured speakers and a cake cutting by Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate James Ontiveros and Chief Machinist’s Mate Gregory Harris.
“It's a day to celebrate our history and heritage as chiefs and share this legacy with our shipmates," said SWOSU Great Lakes Senior Enlisted Advisor Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate William Nesbit. “Here at SWOSU Great Lakes our chief’s mess plays a strong and proud role in leading and mentoring other Sailors and our students.”
The multifaceted role of chief petty officers also extends to the preservation of naval traditions and core values. Chiefs utilize this knowledge of naval history as a tool to pass on the legacy of the Navy to the Sailors they lead.
"CPOs are the experts in their rates making it our responsibility to be held up as an example for others to follow," Nesbit said. "We ensure success in everyday tasks by creating an environment that will foster success moving forward into the future of the Navy."
The rate of CPO was established April 1, 1893, and provided first-class petty officers the opportunity to further advance in their career. CPOs are responsible for the training discipline and recognition of Sailors under their guidance and serve as experts in their designated field.
"It's important that chiefs preserve their role moving forward," Nesbit said. "Chiefs are the stewards of naval heritage and customs, and it's the chief's responsibility to impart this knowledge to the next generation of Sailors that will one day replace them as leaders in our Navy."
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