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Chief Petty Officer Inducted into NPS Goat Locker
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Victoria Ochoa

Chief Petty Officer Inducted into NPS Goat Locker

By MC2 Victoria Ochoa

NPS Chief Yeoman Kenneth Winston, center right, is pinned by his daughter during a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) pinning ceremony in Herrmann Hall, Sept. 16. The ceremony followed a six-week training period known as CPO 365 Phase Two, which began when navy-wide CPO advancement results were released.

During phase two, Winston was introduced to a variety of challenges designed to strengthen his leadership skills and prepare him to assume the responsibilities of a Navy Chief.

“Without question, one of the proudest days of an enlisted Sailor’s career is the day he or she dons the uniform of a chief petty officer and is accepted into the chief petty officer community,” said Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) and Master of Ceremonies Tristan Bell. “This career milestone represents the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, never-ending workdays, extended deployments and long separations from loved ones.”

Winston was pinned by his family during the ceremony and received a combination cover from his sponsor Chief Hospital Corpsman Arnel Carbonell signifying a new position of leadership and responsibility.

“The title of chief carries with it a prestige that no other branch grants its enlisted members,” said Bell. “This prestige exists because for 123 years Navy chiefs have sought out greater challenges and responsibilities.”

Winston was piped aboard and joined the ranks of other chief petty officers in attendance at the conclusion of the ceremony.
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