The Pinning of the Anchors

After weeks of drilling and training, the
newest deck plate leaders were pinned as chief petty officers in the United States Navy.
For the fiscal year 2016 chiefs, today marks one of the biggest milestones in their Navy
career. It’s the happiest day of my life. A lot
of people have gotten to this point in their lives, to be a part of this fraternity is
very overwhelming and I love it, I love it. It’s definitely the happiest day of my life. The training these chiefs have gone through
is not just for their benefit, it helps teach them how to operate as a mess. I don’t think I’ve ever seen training
that intense before, but once we started working as a group it was some of the best training
I’ve ever received. A lot of the training is for us to function
as a mess, and as a mess I can provide a lot more for my sailors than I could ever by myself. When working together with the mess it’s
all about teamwork, definitely integrity. We learned a lot about each other, and the
traditions we are standard to uphold. With Anchors pinned and covers placed on their
heads, these chief walk through the crowds of their Family, friends and Shipmates to
their first days as chiefs. Seaman James Hunt, Fleet Activities, Sasebo