GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Seven Sailors from Submarine Group 2 (CSG2), Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) and Submarine Technical Support Center (STSC) were promoted to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO), Sept. 16, in front of the National Submarine Memorial East in Groton, Conn.
The Sailors who pinned their "anchor" insignia on their collars, and joined the 116-year-old tradition of CPO leadership, were Chief Yeoman Ryan Peter and Chief Sonar Technician (Submarines) Kevin Zachow of CSG2; Chief Electronics Technicians Lordnell Baptiste, Nathan Stevens and Jeffrey Tanner of USS Missouri; and, Chief Machinist's Mate Thomas Bryson and Chief Electronics Technician Sean McElhose of STSC.
The annual ceremony, one of many that occurred around the world throughout the Navy, was the culmination of a month-long selection process geared toward instilling the skills and discipline necessary to become a chief petty officer.
Reading from the Chief Petty Officers Creed, Command Master Chief Rafael Perez, Submarine Group 2, told the newly-promoted Chiefs, "You have not merely been promoted one paygrade, you have joined an exclusive fellowship and, as in all fellowships, you have a special responsibility to your comrades, even as they have a special responsibility to you."
The rank of CPO was established by the Department of the Navy in 1893, and has remained in the service without pause ever since. The U.S. Coast Guard has also had chief petty officers in their ranks since 1920.
In addition to the pay raise, the CPOs are now expected to carry out more extensive duties, such as administrative tasks.
Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander of Submarine Group 2, congratulated the newly-promoted Chiefs during the ceremony and noted that their uniforms and relationships within the Navy will change.
"Your troops are going to look at you differently, even if they were your best friend yesterday," said McLaughlin. "And the Junior Officers, Commanding Officers, we will all look at you differently. We'll expect a whole lot more, and we're all very proud of you."
In addition to pinning on their anchors, the new Chiefs also received their "combination covers," hats that are symbolic of the Chief's community.
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