Nimitz Inducts 34 Chief Petty Officers

Story Number: NNS120917-08Release Date: 9/17/2012 12:49:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Mayes, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Thirty-four chief petty officer (CPO) selects from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) donned the khaki uniform of a Navy chief petty officer for the first time in preparation to receive their gold anchors and combination covers during the pinning ceremony held in the gymnasium of Naval Station Everett, Sept. 14.

Following the multi-week induction process, the ceremony marked a long awaited achievement and the beginning of a new chapter in the careers of the newly pinned CPOs.

"This past week has been a rollercoaster," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Anthony Hooper, who was pinned during the ceremony. "It's been very exciting. Monday morning I start a whole new part of my career."

"It's the end of one journey and the beginning of another," said Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Rhoan Brown.

The ceremony incorporated many time-honored traditions such as the reading of the "CPO Creed," the presentation of the combination cover and the pinning of the gold fouled anchors.

"Your entire way of life has now changed," read Master Chief Hull Technician (SW/AW) David Conduff as he recited the CPO Creed. "More will be expected of you, more will be demanded of you. Not because you are an E-7 but because you are now a chief petty officer."

"This ceremony marks a historic point in the career of these new chiefs," said Nimitz' Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Terri McIntyre. "They will be able to look back on this day with pride and remember, 'This was the day I became a Navy chief.'"

The 33 newly inducted chiefs are as follows: Chief Legalman (SW/SS) Leonard Aguilar, Chief Logistics Specialist (SW) Mervin Arbiola, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Henry Basiliere, Chief Machinist's Mate (SW) Alexander Bilibin, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Rhoan Brown, Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW/SW) Herbert Calilung, Chief Cryptological Technician (Collection) (SW/IDW) Sherita Collins, Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/EXW) Seng Dara, Chief Air-Traffic Controller (AW/SW) Brian Gardiner, Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Andrew Golembewski, Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Anthony Hooper, Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW/SW) Augustine Ilomuanya, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW) Joseph V. Inge, Chief Information Systems Technician (IDW/SW/AW) Gregory Johnson, Chief Yeoman (AW) Michael Johnson, Chief Cryptological Technician (Technical) (SW/IDW) Charles Leigh, Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Derrick Lewis, Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Scott Loehndorf, Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Travis Lovegrove, Operations Specialist (SW/AW) Kellen McKinney-Forbes, Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Joshua Murphy, Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Jonna Obermiller, Chief Cryptological Technician (Technical) (SW/IDW) Brian O'Donnell, Chief Intelligence Specialist (SW/EXW) Aaron Poore, Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Juan Pulido, Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Gerardo Reyes, Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW/AW) Ronald Rivera, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) (AW/SW) Jason Slama, Chief Machinist's Mate (SW/AW) Tracy Walker, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Terrone Wolliston, Chief Machinist's Mate (SW/AW) Jerome Wrenchey, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) (AW/SW) Richard Zabaljauregui, Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) (AW/SW) Enrique Talavera and Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Keith Villanueva.

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