NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) kicked off 'The Year of the Chief 2012' by hosting events for the chief petty officers' (CPO) birthday, April 1.
Among the events were a 3K run, a barbecue with sporting events, a dining-in, and 12 NAVCENT chiefs were presented their enlisted information dominance warfare specialist (EIDWS) pin, by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Adm. Mark Fox.
"We made a push to have as many chiefs qualify so they could receive their EIDWS pin on the first of April in honor of our birthday, as well as kicking off the 'Year of the chief'," said Master Chief Personnel Specialist Jason Knupp, NAVCENT's N-1 senior enlisted leader and regional year of the chief coordinator.
The EIDWS qualification is earned after a Sailor has completed a series of formal training requirements and achieved a high level of proficiency in information dominance. The insignia indicates that a Sailor has acquired the additional understanding and comprehension of Information Dominance Corps in reference to warfighting, mission effectiveness and command survivability.
Among those to get pinned was Chief Information Systems Technician Yoshiko Thompson, NAVCENT information assurance officer. "Supporting the command and its program was an incentive to make the deadline," Thompson said. "We can show our junior Sailors they can achieve it when we have achieved it ourselves."
The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation has designated 2012 as 'The Year of the Chief' and chiefs across the fleet will highlight their heritage and unique contributions to the Navy.
"For the first time ever, the Navy Memorial will recognize 'The Year of the Chief.' What better way to kick off the 'Year of the Chief' than on our birthday," Knupp said.
Knupp also noted that 'The Year of the Chief' is not just about celebrating the chiefs, but celebrating the Navy.
"It is important to educate junior Sailors on history of what they may become, it's important for officers to know the history, traditions and strength of what those individual [chiefs] bring to the command. It is also important for us to live up to the standards set by all chiefs who have served before us," said Knupp.
NAVCENT is responsible for an area of approximately 2.5 million square miles including the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, parts of the Indian Ocean and 20 countries. U.S. 5th Fleet's mission is to conduct maritime security operations, defeat violent extremism and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
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