DVIDS – News – Navy pins new Chief Petty Officers in Ventura County


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) – The Ventura County Naval Station (NBVC) celebrated the pinning of sixty-two chief petty officers (CPOs) from perspective commands during traditional ceremonies aboard Port Hueneme and Point Mugu, November 19, 2021.

The CPO rank (E-7), unique to the Navy, was issued by executive order of President Benjamin Harris on April 1, 1893; formalizing a tradition which consisted in appointing the most experienced, the most experienced and the most qualified sailor, the “chief”, designated by the captain as the one who was in charge of his peers.

“I congratulate all new chefs on this tremendous achievement, as years of hard work and dedication culminate in your accomplishments today as heirs of tradition and leadership,” said Captain Robert Kimnach III, commander of the NBVC. “Leaders are both technical experts and leaders and with the honor and respect they receive, come the challenges of leadership. They’re the ones who are supposed to make a difference in the Navy, honor those who have come before, and chart a course for those who will follow.

For new leaders, the ceremony marked the completion of a six-week induction process, often referred to as ‘Pride Season’ and culminating in CPO 365 Phase II training, which introduced new challenges designed for strengthen and improve “the bridge plate” direction.

“Being inducted into the mess is a feeling I cannot express in words,” said Chief Petty Officer Sean Sellers, assigned to NBVC. “But I did not come here alone and this ceremony is not about recognition or individual achievement. It’s about honoring those who have served with us, made us better, and helped us achieve things we never thought possible. Today and always, we are there for them.

The NBVC’s selectors are just a few of the hundreds of Navy members who have been pinned down with the coveted fouled anchor in a time-honored ceremony that signifies their status as the “backbone of the Navy fleet”.

“The expectation of a naval officer is simple, it’s perfection,” said Captain Matthew Riethmiller, Commodore, Naval Construction Group One. “If this sounds like an impossible standard, it is probably, except for one fact, that we are giving you the greatest blunt object in human history; we give you the Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Although the leader will follow, they will be a mentor. Although the chief serves, they guide; and together you will achieve perfection that cannot be achieved individually.

“A chef has guided me through every step of my career,” Kimnach said. “Whenever there was a big challenge, there was a Chief of the Navy answering the call.”

Family, friends, mentors and sponsors were invited to participate in the completion of their new khaki chef uniform by pinning dirty anchors to their collars and placing combination blankets over their heads.

“During your service, you have been called a lot of things,” said Corey Stevens, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (retired). “You have been called recruits, non-commissioned officers, yeoman’s, cooks, Seabees, selected. But after this special day, there is only one thing you can call, “The Chef.”

NBVC is made up of three separate operational facilities: Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island. The NBVC supports the fleet, the hunter and the family by providing effective and efficient preparation from shore. Home to the Pacific Coast Seabees, Westcoast Hawkeyes, 3 War Centers and the US Navy Ghost Fleet, unmanned aerial and sea vehicles. It is Ventura County’s largest employer and protects Southern California’s largest coastal wetlands through its award-winning environmental program.

Date taken: 21.11.2021
Date posted: 11/21/2021 9:53 PM
Story ID: 409747
Site: PORT HUENEME, California, United States

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