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MCC Keith Bryska / Gazette Editior O n April 1, 2013 the Navy Chief Petty Ocers will celebrate their 120th Birthday with several events planned throughout the week. To celebrate this birthday you have to understand what being a Navy Chief is all about. As an enlisted Sailor who is new to our beloved Navy, your rst goal is to gure out what the Navy is all about; how the Navy helps to defend our country. After a few years of working together with your fellow Sailors, youll witness triumphs, failures and the rigors of Navy life. Youll realize that Navy life is not for everyone and that its an honor to be in the Navy. Promotions happen as you learn more about the Navy and your technical eld. Youll realize that when the LPO, LCPO and Division Ocer are on the same page, it has an impact on all Sailors. As you promote, youll be invited into that deckplate triad and eventually, learn that the Chief is the driving force of the division. Eventually you come to realize that the Chief has the potential to simultaneously ensure mission success and positively impact Sailors lives as they serve our country. Youll realize that through tradition and proven success, the Navy has placed this responsibility on Chiefs. Ask any Sailor if they joined the Navy out of an intense feeling of patriotism and few will say, Of course! Ask them why the reenlisted one, two, three or four times and I think youll get a dierent answer. According to NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Command Master Chief Ross Cramer, a Navy Chief is an instrumental part of a command and without them the command would not meet its mission. A strong Chiefs Mess is what makes a command succeed. ere was a wise old Master Chief that once told me e wardroom leads us to the battle and the Chiefs Mess ensures we are victorious, I think that says it best, said Cramer. As deckplate leaders, Chiefs know their peoples strengths and weaknesses, and understand what it takes for a Sailor to succeed at any task based on the Sailors capability, this makes the victory OURs! Unlike any other branch of the Armed Forces you are not just an E7, you are a Chief. is requires going through an intense training process that lasts several weeks. is process was once called Chiefs Initiation and later Chiefs Induction. It now goes by CPO 365. is is an instrumental part of becoming a Chief, and when you have completed this process you are then accepted by the Chiefs community. When you are accepted in to this family you understand that its something larger than yourself, you belong to a group, a mess with many sisters and brothers. You now know that if any problems arise all you need to do is pick up the phone and call a nearby Chief and they would be there for you. To put on the khaki uniform and walk in to your oce the following day and for someone to say good morning Chief will make you smile and ll with pride, but you will quickly learn that the uniform youre wearing is not about you it is all about the people you lead and about taking care of the Junior Sailors. e anchors on your collar do not give you entitlements they give you responsibilities. ey mean you are the rst one in the work center and the last one to leave, they tell you that you need to know each one of your Sailors and how to help them in their time of need. Navy Chiefs Celebrate 120 Years Of Proud Heritage Chief Petty Officers Mess on the Battleship Texas, 1900


Yeoman Second Class Curtis Dryman believes it is very important to have a Chief in the work center, without them the communication would not be ecient and progress would not show. Its important to have a Chief because they show us the path to leadership and goals of the Navy. e Chief is the motivation for the Junior Sailors to strive and progress so one day they will be a Chief, said Dryman. Being a Chief shows you have the leadership to train, mentor, and provide expertise to junior Sailors to a better future using the Navy core values Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Many young Sailors and Ocers believe the letters on the anchors of a Chiefs uniform simply read USN, they dont. ey stand for something greater, they stand for teamwork, understanding, leadership, responsibility, compassion, family, honor, courage, commitment and the list goes on. If you ask any Chief they will tell you that they stand for the following. e Fouled Anchor is the emblem of the Rate of Chief Petty Ocer of the United States Navy. Attached to the Anchor is a length of chain and the letters U.S.N. To the novice, the anchor, chain and letters only identify a Chief Petty Ocer of the United States Navy, but, to a Chief, these have a more noble and glorious meaning. e U stands for Unity, which reminds us of cooperation, maintaining harmony and continuity of purpose and action. e Sstands for Service, which reminds us of service to our God, our fellow man and our Navy. e N stands for Navigation, which reminds us to keep ourselves on a true course so that we may walk upright before God and man in our transactions with all mankind, but especially with our fellow Chiefs. e Chain is symbolic of exibility and reminds us of the chain of life that we forge day by day, link by link and may it be forged with Honor, Morality and Virtue. e Anchor is emblematic of the hope and glory of the fulllment of all Gods promises to our souls. e golden or precious Anchor by which we must be kept steadfast in faith and encouraged to abide in our proper station amidst the storm of temptation, aiction and persecution. It is expected of the Chief to know the answer; if he or she doesnt know then they can lean on his brothers and sisters for help and advice. is term has been adopted and known throughout the Navy as Ask the Chief. Chief Master-At-Arms Eddie Perez says ask the Chief is a term Sailors use when answers are needed. By Admin 18 Philadelphia, PA. First Enlisted Woman in the Navy Being a Chief Helping Sailors Senior Chief The Navy has helped me not only become the first female Chief Petty Officer, but has let me become an inspiration to females. Becoming the first female Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy and paving the road for future generations to serve their country. asking the Chief, Sailors create a means of obtaining proper direction and answers while enabling them to conde in each other. It creates an environment where Sailors see their Chief as approachable and rm but fair. Ask the Chief creates a certain bond between Junior Enlisted and their Chief. ey serve as an advisor not only for professional growth but for personal guidance as well, said Perez. All in all, Ask the Chief is much more than a catch phraseit is needed for the future success of our Navy. Ask any ocer and they will tell you that Chiefs lead from the front and are considered Deckplate Leaders. According to Chief Master-At-Arms Ricky Carter a Deckplate Leader is someone that has clear vision of the commands mission and knows what values they can provide to their team and others in order to reach that goal. It is not someone that continually yells, screams or barks orders from behind their desk but gets out of the oce, knows their people and what motivates them in order to get the job done, said Carter. You need to be a person that is approachable and not the one that everybody is afraid to talk to. For 120 years Chiefs have set the example for junior enlisted because of the experience they have gained through their years of service. So as we continue to lead from the front all I can say is happy birthday! Take this day and celebrate your heritage for tomorrow its all about your Sailors again. Unity, Service and Navigation denition provided from the Goat Locker Continued from page 1 ese individuals have served as Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy: NAME TENURE GMCM Delbert D. Black 13 Jan. 1967 01 Apr. 1971 AMMC John "Jack" Whittet 01 Apr. 1971 25 Sept. 1975 OSCM Robert Walker 25 Sep. 1975 28 Sept. 1979 AFCM omas S. Crow 28 Sep. 1979 01 Oct. 1982 AVCM Billy C. Sanders0 01 Oct. 1982 04 Oct. 1985 RMCM William H. Plackett 04 Oct. 1985 09 Sept. 1988 AVCM Duane R. Bushey 09 Sep. 1988 28 Aug. 1992 ETCM John Hagan 28 Aug. 1992 27 Mar. 1998 MMCM James L.Herdt 27 Mar. 1998 22 Apr. 2002 CNOCM Terry D. Scott 22 Apr. 2002 10 Jul. 2006 CMDCM Joe R. Campa Jr. 10 Jul. 2006 12 Dec. 2008 FLTCM Rick D. West 12 Dec. 2008 28 Sept.2012 MCPON Michael D. Stevens 28 Sept. 2012 Present


Where did the Navy get the Khaki color from? K hakis originated in 1845 in India where British soldiers soaked white uniforms in mud, coee, and curry powder to blend in with the landscape. Khakis made their debut in the U.S. Navy in 1912 when they were worn by naval aviators, and were adopted for submarines in 1931. In 1941 the Navy approved khakis for on-station wear by senior ocers, and soon after Pearl Harbor chiefs and ocers were authorized to wear khakis ashore on liberty. Welcome to the Goatlocker Where did the term Cup of Joe come from? A ccording to Navy Folklore it was named after Josephus Daniels who was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the ocers wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coee and over the years, a cup of coee became known as a cup of Joe. Who is the only Chief Petty Officer in the Baseball Hall of Fame? B ob Feller, the legendary pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, who interrupted a stunning career in the Major Leagues to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War II. As Navy Chief Petty Ocer Robert Feller, he participated in some of the best-known sea battles in the Pacic. When the war was over, he returned to the mound and resumed a straight shot to station-the Baseball Hall of Fame. I n the early 1900s entertainment on liberty took many forms, mostly depending on the coast and opportunity. One incident which became tradition was at a Navy-Army football game. In early sailing years, livestock would travel on ships, providing the crew the fresh milk, meats, and eggs as well as serving as ships mascots. One pet, a goat named El Cid (meaning Chief) was the mascot aboard the USS New York. When its crew attended the fourth Navy-Army football game in 1893, they took El Cid to the game, which resulted in the West Pointers losing. El Cid (e Chief) was oered shore duty at Annapolis and became the Navys mascot. is is believed to be the source of the old Navy term, Goat Locker. T he pay grades of E-8 and E-9, Senior Chief and Master Chief, were created eective June 1, 1958, under a 1958 Amendment to the Career Compensation Act of 1949. Eligibility for promotion to E-8, the Senior Chief level, was restricted to Chiefs (permanent Appointment) with a minimum of four years in grade and a total often years of service. For elevation from E7 to Master Chief, E-9, a minimum of six years service as a Chief Petty Ocer with a total of 13 years service was required. e E-5 through E-9 levels included all ratings except Teleman and Printer which at the time were being phased out of the naval rating structure. People holding those ratings were absorbed or converted to Yeoman or Radioman from Teleman and primarily to Lithographer from Printer. Service-wide examinations for outstanding Chiefs were held on August 5, 1958, with the rst promotions becoming eective on November 16, 1958. Birth of the Super Chief (E8-E9) Legend of El Cid


T he Navys rst Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy Belbert Black stands down after 30 years of honorable service on April 1, 1971. On his way to the Navys top enlisted billet, Black had survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the battleship Maryland, earned eight combat ribbons in WW II and numerous other decorations, served tour in recruiting, and put spit and polish into the Navys most visible drill team, the Ceremonial Guard in Washington, D.C. During the retirement and change of oce ceremonies held at the Washington Navy Yard, Secretary of the Navy John H. Chafee, Admiral Zumwalt and Vice Admiral Dick H. Guinn made remarks. e CNO presented Black with the Distinguished Service Medal. Black recalled his thirty years of service and shared the rst time he heard the Navy was establishing a Senior Enlisted Advisor. It was in the fall of 1966, I was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy. When I heard that the Navy was looking for a Senior Enlisted Advisor, I called my wife, Ima, to ask if I should put in an application, said Black. A former Navy storekeeper, Ima was sure that I man that the Navy needed for the job. e Navy reviewed several applicants for the job, and Black was the only one to be called to interview for the position in Washington. According to Black All the ocers were ignoring his wife when she walked in the room with him for his interview. ey couldnt ignore her after the board, because she turned around and told them all I dont know who you are going to select, but my husband is the top enlisted man in the U.S. Navy!. After returning to Norfolk Black was called and told he had been accepted. On January 13, 1967, Black reviewed the recruits at Naval Training Center (NTC) in San Diego, California, and was ocially appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Navy by Vice Admiral B.J. Semmes, Chief of Naval Personnel. It was Blacks triumphant return to the boot camp he graduated from 26 years earlier. e Blacks bought a home in Washington and he began to settle into his small oce on the third oor of the Navy Annex. He was given a sta of one, Yeoman First Class Jerry Scharf. Letters began trickling in from sailors who had read about the master chief who could talk to admirals. Black spent his rst few months in briengs and going through correspondence. e more he settled into his job, the more he discovered that very few people in Washington had a clear idea of what he was supposed to do. Looking for guidance, he paid a visit to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral David L. McDonald. He received less than a warm reception. Admiral McDonald said he never believed in establishing the oce to begin with, Black said, recalling the visit 25 years later. So I asked him, If this is what the enlisted people want, will you give us a chance to make it work? And he told me at that point to do anything I wanted to do. I thanked him and that was the last time I had a conversation with him. To Black, the CNOs brush o was like receiving a blank check. ough his ocial job description was still in the works, he had his own ideas about what he wanted to accomplish. In his nomination package for the job, he had written: e oce of Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Navy should function as liaison between enlisted personnel and Chief of Naval Personnel. His oce should be open to all regardless of rank or rate. He should solicit information and suggestions from any person he feels might in some way benet enlisted personnel, always keeping in mind his primary concern is to give the Navy man a better life, which will, in turn, benet the Navy in reenlistments. e responsibility of this oce will be great and varied, he added, with a challenge never before faced by any single enlisted man. e 45-year-old master chief was not afraid of challenge. He joined the Navy when he was 18 to get o the family farm near Orr, Oklahoma. But he brought his work ethics with him. rough 21 years at sea, from seaman recruit to master chief, he built a reputation as a sailors sailor. I was determined to be the best sailor I could be so I wouldnt ever have to go back to that farm again, he said. e leadership structure changed following WWII and petty ocers took over the role of the leading seaman. Without a war to ght, practices began creeping in that detracted from the eciency and morale of some commands. Commanding ocers ruled with an iron st, often making decisions for sailors that Navy Regulations said they could make for themselves. As a petty ocer and a chief, Black was a leader who tried to protect his men against such practices, using the chain of command to make his objections known. He also learned that taking the time to listen and help sailors solve their problems was key to being a successful leader. As the Senior Enlisted Advisor, he was anxious to get out in the eet and begin listening to sailors and solving problems. Black knew he would need a visible sign that he was, in fact, the top enlisted man. Ima came up with a solution. She suggested putting a third star above his rating badge. Black liked the idea and so did the Uniform Board. He took one of his uniforms into a tailors shop in Norfolk, Va. When I asked the tailor to put a third star above my crow, he looked at me like I was a drunken sailor out of my mind, Black said. When the word got out that there was a master chief with three stars, there were wagers going around whether it was true or not. I had sailors follow me into the head to ask me if I was really a three-star master chief. In 1967, Black, like the other senior and master chiefs, wore a chiefs cap device. It wasnt until December, 1968, that the Uniform Board approved a master and senior chief cap insignia, similar to their collar devices, with one or two silver stars superimposed on the anchor. e MCPON received approval to wear three stars on his cap device while serving in that assignment. In April of his rst year, Black was given a BUPERS, instruction listing his purpose, mission and tasks, and changing his title to Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy. e instruction cautioned that individual correspondence of an ocial nature or matters which concern the traditional and appropriate mode of redress and hearings shall continue to be processed in the normal manner via the chain of command. Navys First MCPON Retires


e oce of the Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy shall in no manner be interpreted as derogating the eective and necessary method of communication between enlisted personnel and their respective 19 commanding ocers accomplished through the request mast procedure. When I started out, there were no contacts out in the eet to call when I wanted to schedule a visit, he pointed out. Youd have some strange things happen as a result. Id set up a visit and when Id get there, the command would have me scheduled to talk with ocers only. at was not the purpose of my visit. Youd also have confusion about seniority, like at an aviation squadron. Youd have the line chief and the maintenance chief. Who was senior? Well, the maintenance chief was a master chief but the line chief is a senior chief and he runs the squadron. Problems like that you would eventually work out but it would distract you from things that are more important. Youd have to spend time sorting them out. Black believe communication was a problem in the Navy at the time and Blacks answer came in the form of a eet-wide network of senior enlisted advisors appointed by Fleet Commanders, Type Commanders, and Naval District Commandants. e authorization to create the positions had already been given by the Secretary of the Navy when he established the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) of the Navy billet. Both were based on recommendations stemming from the 1966 Task Force on Personnel Retention. By 1969, Black had the network humming from London to Da Nang. SEAs met with troops in their respective commands and listened for developing trends and problem areas. Problems that couldnt be solved locally or ideas that deserved further development were sent up the line. Some came directly to Black. While sailors were encouraged to work through their chain of command rst, many used the published Washington address given for the senior enlisted man. Black read every letter that came into his oce. Very few, he said, were from sailors just looking to air complaints. Most contained constructive suggestions or expressed concerns about orders, housing, educational programs and pay. Most individuals were seeking information not available to them or were pointing out areas which they felt needed improvement, he said. Much of his mail was about family housing shortages. Aware that the answer he was given was not the one sailors were looking for, Black tried to help them understand the system. He explained that because Congress limits the funding available, the Navy would probably never be in a position to provide quarters for all those who are eligible. He pointed out, however, that he was recommending a cost of living allowance to help families stationed near high cost areas. While he understood that the cost of o-base housing was even more dicult for the lower pay grades, ineligible for base housing, he believed that career personnel should remain a priority on the housing list. As his visibility grew, so did his determination to make changes. It took patience, and more patience, to get anything done, he said. My philosophy in dealing with the bureaucracy was that there were no such things as wins and losses. ere were wins and disappointments and if you felt strong enough and you worked hard enough, youd turn those disappointments into gains. ats how you accomplished things. Black talked about leadership and knew that at the time the younger Sailors needed it and e chief petty ocer can, and should, take the responsibility of keeping every man under his leadership informed, he wrote in one article. If one of his men has a problem, he has a problem. ere should be no excuses. ere is a solution to every problem, and it should be pursued until his man is satised that every means has been exhausted in the eort to nd a solution. He advocated leadership training: I feel very strongly that we need to improve our leadership abilities to keep pace with the high level of technical skill. e rapidity of advancement has caused a need for establishment of more leadership classes at the command level. My feelings are that we must have a chain of command from top to bottom, but even more important, we must have a channel of communication and understanding. Blacks comments on leadership inspired response from the eet. One chief stirred the pot with his letter to All Hands: In recent years we seem to have become obsessed with the lets keep this one, big, happy family idea in our approach to discipline. It has reached a point where many of our personnel seem to be willing to overlook faults in their juniors or bypass anything that may cause people to think that they are not nice guys. We are all in a military organization, not a popularity contest! Another chief wrote: Ocers and petty ocers become nice guys for the following reasons: the decisions they make are not supported; they do not know how to lead and their seniors dont know how to teach them; or they have been shorn of their authority. A rst class wrote: Making a decision that will please everyone is next to impossible. Some young men who enter the military service today seem to spend as much time learning how to circumnavigate the rules as they do learning them. Like the opening of oodgates, communication became the biword of MCPON Blacks tenure. It wasnt enough neither to turn the tide of retention nor to turn back the problems in leadership, drugs and discipline that surfaced in the seventies, but it was a beginning. e Navy was beginning to learn that just because things had always been done a certain way didnt mean they had to be done that way in the future. In his farewell message prior to leaving oce, Black wrote: e oce of the MCPON is at a point now, and it has been for some time, where cooperation with various branches and oces here in the Bureau is at its best. What has been accomplished is a good example of the importance of teamwork and working through people for people. It appears to me that the time to stay Navy has never been better. I can tell you about many careers Navy men about to retire, who are wishing they could stay on longer. I am one of that group, but there comes a time when every Navy man must take his leave of active duty. It just seems that NOW is such a tempting time to linger on a bit longer. Master Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert Black passed away Sunday, 27 February 2000 at his home in Winter Park, Florida, from a heart attack he was 77. Ima is still an active member of the the Navy Wives Club and the CPO Wives Club.


T hese are the comments from Commodore Felkins, Commander, Fleet Training Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1982 during the pinning ceremony. Youve heard all the rhetoric about how you are now expected to be the fountain of wisdom, he said. Every word of this is true. But I stand here today to charge you with the greatest challenge and the most important task that you, as a Chief, will ever undertake. I expect that each of you will fulll your duty as a mentor and leader of your enlisted charges. But, this is the easy part of being a Chief. It has been drilled into them, just as it was drilled into each of you, that, when in doubt, Ask the Chief. I wish I could say the same for our junior ocers but, alas, I cannot. Based upon my own experience, junior ocers are far too cocksure of their own abilities and unwilling to admit their own shortcomings. eir training has been long on the technicalities of warfare, but pitifully short on the realities of leadership. And this is where you come in. e single most important task you will ever undertake is in the training of our junior ocers. is will, without doubt, be the most dicult task which you will ever undertake. Yet, you cannot shirk from it. I cannotindeed the Navy, nor the country can aord your abandonment of this responsibility. e stakes are, simply, far to high. You will be constantly frustrated in this role. You will nd yourself battling an individual who writes your tness report. You will nd yourself at odds with someone who has a mere fraction of your knowledge and practical experience. You will nd yourselves at odds with someone who is half your age, and is somehow convinced that he is right, and you are wrong. is will be, for many of you, a no win situation. And, you will ask yourselves, Can I aord to stand up to the person who writes my evaluation? My answer to this is simple and direct: You cant aord not to. Each of you is a specialist in your eld. ere is no one, ocer or enlisted who has been where you have been, or done what you have done. Draw upon this experience. Choose your battles carefully. But never back down when your arguments are sound. You will, no doubt, encounter the prototypical Salty Ensign. He will be your nemesis. He will assert his authority. And you will support him. But after quarters is done, you will seek him out and attempt to set him right. If he is potentially a good naval ocer, he will listen to you. If he is wise, he will seek your council. If he is none of these things it is your responsibility indeed, it is your duty to confront him, and the consequences be damned. You must, when the time comes, be willing to put everything on the line. I had it put to me, in no uncertain terms, from a grizzled old Chief Boatswains Mate, when I was a young First Lieutenant. Sir, he said. Let me put it this way. I am a Chief Petty Ocer. I will retire as a Chief Petty Ocer. Nothing that you can say or do will change that fact. My career is winding down. Your career is just starting. is makes me a very dangerous person. I can do you a whole lot more damage than you can do me. Do we understand each other? I charge each of you to emulate my old Chief. In my career, I can think of no individual, ocer or enlisted, who had the impact that he did. I consider him both my mentor, and my friend. I went on to learn from him, not just about his rate, but about life, leadership, and responsibility. Often, to this day, when I encounter a problem Ill ask myself, What would the Chief have said? Pinning the Anchors D ick Turpin was born on this date in 1876. He was an African-American Navy Diver, inventor and officer. From Long Branch New Jersey at the age of 20 John Henry Dick Turpin enlisted in the United States Navy on November 4, 1896. He was a Mess Attendant aboard the Battleship MAINE when it was sent to Havana, Cuba in 1898. On February 15th 1898, an explosion took place aboard MAINE. According to Apprentice Ambrose Ham, Dick Turpin was trying (in vain) to save the life of Lt. F. W. Jenkins when he was ordered by Lt. George Holman to go below and get some cutlasses thinking that the MAINE was being attacked by Spanish forces. Turpin seeing that the MAINE was quickly sinking, chose to dive overboard, and soon found another man clinging to his back, He was quickly rescued safely and taken to Key West aboard the OLIVETTE. In July 1905, Turpin was about to encounter another Naval Disaster, when the boiler exploded aboard the USS BENNINGTON in San Diego Harbor, accordingly Turpin was nominated for the Medal of Honor, for saving the lives of his fellow shipmates. In 1915 Turpin was involved in diving operations for a sunken submarine in Honolulu, Hawaii and qualified as a Master Diver. He is also credited with being involved with the invention of the underwater cutting torch. In 1917, Turpin became the first African-American chief petty officer, the Navys highest enlisted rank at the time. On June 1st 1917 Turpin became Chief Gunners Mate aboard the Navys First Black Chief Navy Historical Society USS MARBLEHEAD, until he was transferred to the Fleet Reserve on March 8th 1919. He remained in that rank until he retired on 5th October 1925. When Turpin was not on active duty he was employed at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, in Bremerton, Washington as a Master Rigger. From 1938 and throughout World War II, Turpin made Inspirational Visits to Naval Training Centers and Defense Plants, and was a Guest of Honor on the Reviewing Stand in Seattle when the first black volunteers were sworn into the Navy shortly after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Turpin never wanted to part with the Navy, and according to one article, he requested mobilization at age 65 when World War II broke out. His request was denied, but Turpin forgot his age and managed to remain a Reservist. He lived in Seattle later in life, and was in several parades honoring him. John Henry Dick Turpin died in 1962, sadly though there are no official records of Turpin ever receiving his Medal of Honor.


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Email Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens for Nikon, Brand New unused, in original packaging with receipt, $1,200.00 OBO Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Edif Afs-g Vr Lens for Nikon, Rare White Color, and/or usage. Lens glass is very clean. $1,600.00 OBO Email or Universal Orlando Tickets, Two (2) tickets for sale, 3 Day Passes each, Selling as a pair only, 1 is for military, and is free, 1 is for anyone else, $150, Tickets are Park-to-Park. Both Universal parks each day. Tick ets must be used by June 30, 2013. Please contact Jack at x8356, jack Full size Coleman air mattress and rechargeable air pump. $35., Sealy twin mattress, excellent condition. $35 Call 77806. Set of 4 swiveling captains chairs, from Japanese dinning set. Beauti fully crafted from hardwood. Perfect size for children or small adults. $20 each / $60 for set. Call 77806 Wagner power steamer, like new condition. $65. Call 77806. seat, good condition asking $250 OBO. Modern Glass top coffee table with two end tables, contemporary style, asking for $175 OBO. Call 79553 and make an offer. Saturday, 30 March from 10:00 Noon at Villamar 43A. Please do not disturb before 10:00. DOWNTOWN LYCEUM MOVIES FRIDAY Mar. 29 SATURDAY Mar. 30 SUNDAY Mar .31 MONDAY Apr. 1 TUESDAY Apr. 2 8 WEDNESDAY Apr.3 THURSDAY Apr.4 R 106 min. PG13 116 min R 91 min. PG13 97 min. PG 132 min. PG13 112 min. PG13 95 min. PG13 110 min. PG13 116 min. MWR JOB HUNT GTMO The scoop SAFE RIDE Out drinking? Put the keys down and call Safe Ride at 84913 or 84781. Dont drink and drive. WATER RESTRICTIONS The Naval Station is currently ex periencing water production limi tations and is under a tight water restriction. We are asking all resi dents to adhere to the following rules; no lawn watering, no vehi cle washing at homes, limit plant watering, no washing of sidewalks with potable water and residents are asked to report possible leaks to the Public Works Department at 4535. SUBA DIVING The Re-Compression Chamber will be down for maintenance March 19 to April 4. This means all civil ian and recreational diving will be secured during this time period. For more information contact the EASTER EGG HUNT Hosted By 525 MP BN (I/R) Family Readiness Group and Guantanamo Bay Spouses Club at Phillips Dive Park, March 30th 9am-11am. Please bring a bas ket/bag to collect eggs. Grand prizes will be given to each age group. The Easter Bunny will be there to take pictures with, please bring your own camera. Vacation Bible School Volunteers Its hard to believe, but VBS is al most here! Talented people LIKE YOU are invited to join the min istry team as we build Kingdom Rock, this years VBS program. Actors, set builders, leaders, ar tisans, teachers, food preparers, musicians, creators, organizers, manual laborers, encouragers... come see how you can serve our KING! First Planning Meeting Monday, March 25, 1830-1930 in the Cha pel Fellowship Hall (1) Mens Large Scuba Pro Knight hawk BC w/A2 $375.00, (1) Wom ans Small Scuba Pro Lady Hawk BC dives plus 2 other dives. (2) Scuba Pro MK25/S550 Regulators $300.00/ ea, (2) Genesis 3 pod in-line console with React Pro dive computer, com pass and pressure gauge $225.00/ other dives. (1) Mens XL Scuba Pro S-Tek 5 Mil dive suit (never worn) $100.00 (1) Womans Size 6 Hender son Hyperstretch 5 Mil dive suit (nev er worn) $250.00. Please call: 58619 or Email Schwinn Mountain Bike (silver, rarely used & kept indoors) $100.00 OBO, Schwinn Road Bike (white, rarely used & kept indoors) $200.00 Email or 1997 Bayliner Rendezvous (26 foot) Deck / Party Boat w/ Evinrude 175HP motor. Great multipurpose gauges, recently painted, recently upholstered, well maintained, in er w/speed sensor. Very clean and running great! Asking $7500 / OBO. Call 4403 or 74077.


D iego Enrique Santiago stands at attention, his small sts clenched at his side. Dressed in size 6, custom-made dress blues, Diegos brown eyes scan the Jacksonville USO. In the large hall, hes surrounded by Navy chief petty ocers, family and friends. eyve come to watch 5-yearold Diego realize one of his dreams to become a chief petty ocer just like his dad, Chief Hospital Corpsman Jesus Santiago. Its something he is unlikely to have the chance to do as an adult. Diego has been battling lung cancer for the past several months, and his immune system has weakened in recent weeks. In January, his doctors gave him three weeks to live, his mother said. His family mom, dad and sisters Brandi, Ali and Samara plus others have worked to make as many of Diegos wishes come true as they can. Becoming a chief petty ocer was the ultimate, Jesus Santiago, said. is is his wish come true, he said after the ceremony. Hes always wanted to emulate me, and he has nally gotten his wish. at means more to me than his weight in gold. Chief Hospital Corpsman Charles Clements, a coworker of Santiagos and the man who organized ursdays event, had never met Diego until the pinning ceremony. Before it could happen, Clements had to get the permission of Chief Petty Ocer of the Navy Perry D. Scott. I knew that Diego has grown up thinking he is in the Navy all of his life, Clements said. Becoming a chief was just the next step. To my knowledge its never been done before. ere have been honorary chiefs, but they have all been adults. Meeting hurdles Clements calls Diego and his parents to the front. His mother and father stand by their sons side as Clements begins. Today Chief Select Santiago is joining a proud and strong, 113-year-old tradition of chief petty ocer leadership in our Navy, Clements says. We are proud to welcome him to our ranks. Jesus and Cookie Santiago take turns pinning the golden anchors on the lapels of their sons uniform. ey have successfully guided their charge through the challenging last few months and stand with him today as he joins our ranks, Clements says. roughout the reading of the certicate, little Diego maintains a serious expression. His eyes are focused straight ahead. Chief Santiago, remember who you are now, you must wear these anchors with pride and behave in a way that will always protect them from any dishonor or stain, Clements says. After the pinning, Chief Diego is presented with his cover, a symbol of the Naval community, while Clements reads the ocial creed. All chiefs and master chief petty ocers are asked to rise to the occasion. About 50 men and women in the audience, all in uniform, duplicate Diegos attentive stance. During the course of this day you have been caused to humbly accept challenge and face adversity, Clements reads. is you have accomplished with rare good grace. Pointless as some of these challenges may have seemed, there were valid, time-honored reasons behind each pointed barb. It was necessary to meet these hurdles with blind faith in the fellowship of chief petty ocers. e goal was to instill in you that trust is inherent with the donning of the uniform of a chief. . You must face each challenge and adversity with the same dignity and good grace you demonstrated today. By experience, by performance and by testing you have been this day advanced to Chief Petty Ocer. Just like dad Clements told the crowd that Diego wasnt merely being promoted by a pay grade but joined an exclusive fellowship. Diego will share a special responsibility with his comrades. New responsibilities and privileges that go along with becoming a chief petty ocer do not appear in print. ey have no ocial standing; they cannot be referred to by name, number, or le. ey have existed for more than 100 years, Clements said. Chiefs before you have freely accepted responsibility beyond the call of printed assignment, he said. As the ceremony came to an end, Clements proclaimed Diego as Chief Diego Santiago. At that point Diegos serious expression turned to an ear-toear grin as he and his parents walked hand-in-hand down the aisle among the other ocers. Everyone in the room cheered and gave him a standing ovation. Once the ocial ceremony ended, Diego walked over to the cake table and cut the rst piece. His mother fed him while all the Chiefs waited in line to shake their new comrades hand and give him a salute. More than a dozen handed him coins from their squadrons. is is more fun than playing video games, Diego said. I liked the coins because they have eagles on them. Later when asked why he wanted the position as chief petty ocer, Diego told his mother So I could be just like my dad,. Our Youngest Chief transferred to the Supreme Commander for his nal duty station 8/2/06 From the Goat Locker