Bogalusa sailor promoted to chief petty officer
Published 1:02 am Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Amanda L. Owens
Greely, a 2003 Bogalusa High School graduate, is currently serving with Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.
“There is no better feeling in the Navy than becoming a chief petty officer,” Greely said. “This is a major milestone, and one that a lot of sailors do not have the opportunity to experience. I will take great pride in being a chief.”
More than 280 sailors at various commands around the world were promoted during the 2016 Chief Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony is a long time Navy tradition dating back to 1893, when the chief petty officer pay grade was first created.
“The selection process for promotion to the rank of chief petty officer becomes more and more difficult each year,” said Marilyn Kennard, command master chief for Naval Support Activity Mid-South. “With their increased rank, will come increased responsibility. For nearly six weeks after the selection results for chief are announced, we mentor, guide and provide extra training to help ensure a smooth transition into key leadership roles.”
To be selected for this promotion, sailors must be a petty officer first class, and go through two qualifying factors — a job based exam, and a review board. A petty officer first class can only go through the review board after scoring high enough on the exam. Each job has different requirements for their chief petty officers.
Before the new chief can wear their new rank and anchors on their uniform collars, they must complete a six-week-long training filled with testing, mentoring, and challenges to make them the best chiefs they can be.
“Serving in the Navy and military as a whole is an honor, and I take great pride in knowing that we are keeping our country safe,” Greely said.
During the ceremony, the honored sailors invite friends and family members to pin on the two gold anchors to the newly appointed chief’s uniform, while the sailors’ sponsor place the combination cover on their heads.
“I would like to thank everyone in Bogalusa and my family for the continuous support and words of encouragement,” Greely said. “I am truly proud to say I am from Bogalusa.”
Amanda L. Owens is a mass communication specialist third class for the U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach.