Chief petty officers (CPO) serving aboard the USS Enterprise marked the 119th anniversary of the Chief Petty Officers while underway in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
The CPOs celebrated the milestone by coming together for a ceremony in order to honor and learn more about the history of their rank.
Mark Farley, Senior Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician, shared: “Today we gather here to pay homage to 119 years of the chief petty officer… What better place than the chiefs’ mess aboard USS Enterprise as she sails on her final deployment defending freedom and our way of life.”
Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, spoke before CPOs from various departments, and reminisced about the time he spent learning from the chief’s mess. Carter, an honorary Master Chief Petty Officer, shared: “Chief petty officers have been influencing me since the first day I put on a uniform.”
Carter said further: “As I went from my days as a midshipman and got into my field in aviation, I was always surrounded by chiefs… That really helped me understand how important it was for leadership to talk to young Sailors and how to get them to understand what it is that you’re trying to say to them.”
In addition to messages from Farley and Carter, Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Marilyn Ferguson also read a message from MCPON Rick West. The celebration was then capped by a cake-cutting ceremony.
Enterprise Command Master Chief Eric. J. Young, shared: “As chiefs, when our Sailors are better, we the chiefs are better. When the Chiefs are at their best, then Enterprise will always be the best warship on the waterfront. We remember and celebrate success as chiefs on the CPO birthday.”