CHINHAE, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's newest chief petty officers pinned on their gold fouled anchors for the first time during a ceremony held at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC), Republic of Korea, Sept. 16.
The ceremony followed a six-week training period known as CPO 365 Phase Two, which began Aug. 5 when the active duty CPO advancement results were released. Senior leaders from across Navy Region Korea (CNRK) challenged the chief selects through training designed to strengthen their leadership and test their abilities.
"Today is the culmination of a long process," said CNRK Command Master Chief James Honea, guest speaker for the ceremony. "You should be rightfully proud, but you should also be humbled by all the work it took to get you here today. You did not do it alone. It took the help and efforts of many to make you the chief."
CPO 365 is a year-long training program, facilitated Navy-wide, to prepare Sailors in becoming chief petty officers. The program is supported by the entire Chiefs Mess and maintains a rigorous training schedule including physical training, leadership, teamwork, time management, and U.S. naval heritage.
"It is the responsibility of the Chiefs Mess to produce their own replacements through continual development and appropriate deckplate leadership," said CFAC Command Master Chief Samuel Robinson.
CPO 365 is coordinated in two phases. The Phase One of the program is open to all first class petty officers and focuses on U.S. Navy training and knowledge required by enlisted leaders.
Phase Two of CPO 365 is for those who have been selected by the CPO board at the Naval Personnel Command to be advanced to the rank of chief petty officer.
"An aggressive Phase One training plan is vital to the overall success of Phase Two," said Chief Yeoman Chris Sherman, CFAC CPO 365 Phase Two chair. "Selectees must have the base knowledge and skill set that is available from Sept. 17 through the rest of the year. If they are not actively engaged 365 days a year, Phase Two may be difficult."
Continuing a 121-year-old legacy unique to the U.S. Navy, these new chiefs will pass on leadership, heritage and tradition to their junior Sailors. The chief petty officer rank was established by the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1893. To this day, chief petty officers serve as both technical experts and naval leaders.
Located on the southeastern coast of the Republic of Korea, CFAC provides service and operational support to the fleet while strengthening the U.S.-ROK alliance through joint armistice, training exercises and contingency operations.
CNRK is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
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