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Chief Master-at-Arms Blake Soller, assigned to the security department of U.S. Naval Base Guam, receives his anchor pins from his son during a chief pinning ceremony at the Top O’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.
Chief Master-at-Arms Blake Soller, assigned to the security department of U.S. Naval Base Guam, receives his anchor pins from his son during a chief pinning ceremony at the Top O’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.

Around the Fleet: 2013 Chief’s Pinning

Today marks a milestone for all chief selects in the U.S. Navy.  It is a sure bet that one of the proudest days in an enlisted individual’s naval service is the date on which a first class petty officer dons the uniform and is accepted into the chief petty officer community.  At this time, the first class petty officer’s leadership and professional abilities are recognized by superiors.  These qualities continue to be honed with experience and maturity until retirement. 

As Navy chiefs are sometimes referred to as the backbone of the Navy, here are some photos from around the fleet of this year’s Chief Pinning.

Chief Master-at-Arms Blake Soller, assigned to  the security department of U.S. Naval Base Guam, receives his anchor pins from his son during a chief pinning ceremony at the Top O’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.
Chief Master-at-Arms Blake Soller, assigned to the security department of U.S. Naval Base Guam, receives his anchor pins from his son during a chief pinning ceremony at the Top O’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.

 

Chief selects stand at attention during the opening of a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Air Facility Atsugi's Cinema 77.
Chief selects stand at attention during the opening of a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Cinema 77.

 

Newly promoted chiefs of fiscal year 2014 stand in formation during a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
Newly promoted chiefs of fiscal year 2014 stand in formation during a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

 

Chief Gunner’s Mate Harry Kindt is rendered honors during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony on the flight deck of the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).
Chief Gunner’s Mate Harry Kindt is rendered honors during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony on the flight deck of the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).

 

Chief Logistics Specialist Mariel Gatbonton, assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), has his combination cover put on by Chief Electronics Technician James Brown at the base theater on U.S. Naval Base Guam.
Chief Logistics Specialist Mariel Gatbonton, assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), has his combination cover put on by Chief Electronics Technician James Brown at the base theater on U.S. Naval Base Guam.

 

Master-at-Arms Chief Israel Pineda, assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 1 Det. Guam, receives his combination cover and anchors from his aunt, uncle and Navy mentors at a chief pinning ceremony at Top o’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.
Master-at-Arms Chief Israel Pineda, assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 1 Det. Guam, receives his combination cover and anchors from his aunt, uncle and Navy mentors at a chief pinning ceremony at Top o’ the Mar in Asan, Guam.

 

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