Around the Fleet: 2014 Chief’s Pinning

Tuesday marked a special day for U.S. Navy Sailors who were awarded the gold fouled anchor and advanced to the rank of chief petty officerThey are among the 121st class of chief petty officers to join the Chiefs Mess, following a long legacy of senior enlisted leadership.

The manner of promotion to the rank of chief in the Navy is a unique process compared to the other branches in the armed forces. In the Army, Air Force and the Marine Corps, an E-6 becomes E-7. In the Navy, each eligible Sailor for chief are required to be selected by a ranking and selection board composed of master chiefs who actively choose the future leadership from the most capable Sailors, considering both their aptitude as technical experts and ability as leaders. 

The following photos are a snapshot of pinning ceremonies around the fleet. BZ chief petty officers!

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Chief Aviation Ordnanceman David West, from Mt. Vernon, Wash., receives his cover during a pinning ceremony for newly selected chiefs in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Twenty-four Sailors aboard Nimitz were pinned to the rank of chief petty officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Chief Aviation Ordnanceman David West, from Mt. Vernon, Wash., receives his cover during a pinning ceremony for newly selected chiefs in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Twenty-four Sailors aboard Nimitz were pinned to the rank of chief petty officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

ROTA, Spain (Sept. 16, 2014) Senior Chief Keith Wilkerson, right, pins Chief Master-at-Arms Jorge Ontiveros to the rank of chief petty officer during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the courtyard of U.S. Naval Hospital Rota. Nineteen Sailors and one Airman took part in the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Grant Wamack/Released)

ROTA, Spain (Sept. 16, 2014) Senior Chief Keith Wilkerson, right, pins Chief Master-at-Arms Jorge Ontiveros to the rank of chief petty officer during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the courtyard of U.S. Naval Hospital Rota. Nineteen Sailors and one Airman took part in the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Grant Wamack/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Sept. 16, 2014) Chief petty officer selects march while singing cadence during a chief pinning ceremony at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Cinema 77. Twelve chief petty officers from NAF Atsugi and its tenant commands received their anchors and combination covers during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay/Released)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Sept. 16, 2014) Chief petty officer selects march while singing cadence during a chief pinning ceremony at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Cinema 77. Twelve chief petty officers from NAF Atsugi and its tenant commands received their anchors and combination covers during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay/Released)

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Sept. 16, 2014) Newly promoted chief petty officers of fiscal year 2015 sing Anchors Aweigh during a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain. Forty-seven Sailors from Naval Support Activity Bahrain, U.S. Navy Forces Central Command, and commands located throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility received their anchors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Smith/Released)

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Sept. 16, 2014) Newly promoted chief petty officers of fiscal year 2015 sing Anchors Aweigh during a chief pinning ceremony at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain. Forty-seven Sailors from Naval Support Activity Bahrain, U.S. Navy Forces Central Command, and commands located throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility received their anchors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Smith/Released)

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Around the Fleet: 2014 Chief’s Pinning