Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang

BREMERTON, Washington – Twenty-one new chief petty officers (CPO) were pinned during a ceremony aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Sept. 16.

The ceremony concluded CPO-365 Phase Two, a training period that began following the announcement of the CPO advancement results, Aug 3.

“[CPO 365] is a learning process,” said Senior Chief Quarter Master Henry Nicol, from Hemet, California. “There’s a lot of training on how to be a chief … on being humble and being a leader.”
Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, commander, John C. Stennis Strike Group, spoke at the ceremony, congratulating the new chiefs and welcoming them into their new roles.

“These young men and women have been promoted to this rank because of their expertise. They’ve also been promoted because of their significant leadership capability and as they join the Chiefs Mess, they become a part of the backbone of the United States Navy,” said Hitchcock. “I look forward to watching you take on your new rank and especially watching you take on your new duties and responsibilities as a United States Navy chief.”

During the ceremony, family and friends of the new chiefs pinned gold-fouled anchors, the rank insignia of CPOs, on their uniforms and their sponsors during CPO-365 Phase Two placed chief combination covers on their heads.

“It’s something you only do once so it’s something that you’ll never forget,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Hodor, from Lillington, North Carolina. “I’m excited for what the future holds.”

The new chiefs aboard John C. Stennis are Chief Hospital Corpsman Elizabeth Barraza, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Brandon Flynn, Chief Machinist’s Mate Michael Fogle, Chief Machinist’s Mate Patrick Heinig, Chief Machinist’s Mate Douglas Herold, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Randy Hicks, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Hodor, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Scott Howard, Chief Culinary Specialist Richard Jacobs, Chief Machinist’s Mate William McKinley, Chief Machinist’s Mate Luke Myers, Chief Machinist’s Mate James Phelps, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Alastaire Randle, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Korinne Reese, Chief Electronics Technician Tyler Sabo, Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) James Scott, Chief Operations Specialist Sean Shenefelt, Chief Master-at-Arms Eldis Vazquezflores, Chief Machinist’s Mate Brandon Wheeler, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Alexanna Williams and Chief Logistics Specialist Nicholas Winkler.

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