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.
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.
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