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Capt. Gavin Duff, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) announced 28 Sailors were selected to the rank chief petty officer, Oct. 4.
Chief petty officer initiation also known as ‘season’ has evolved over the last 70 years from a simple celebration of promotion to year-round professional training for first class petty officers. The process has changed but the goal has remained the same—to prepare a first class petty officer for the new role as a chief.
“During the next six weeks, our selectees can look forward to intense training, physical exercise and mentorship,” said Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Sherman Goodwin, aviation intermediate maintenance department IM-40’s leading chief petty officer and a season lead. “This will help with developing them into effective leaders.”
Chief petty officer initiation has achieved the results of creating a common bond among all chief petty officers of the past, present, and future.
According to an email from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith to the Chiefs Mess, the season focuses on the positive, chasing the “best ever” performance by leveraging challenging and inspiring leadership; and is far from checklists and minimum standards.
Chief petty officer initiation takes chief selects and equips them with the responsibilities and leadership skills that embody the senior enlisted.
“This is a long-awaited day to join a family of strong leaders who can influence any Sailor of any pay grade,” said Duff, when he announced the results. “We are thrilled for all of you!”
Truman’s chief selects are slated to be pinned Nov. 15 aboard the ship.
Truman is operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
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