BY SKY M. LARON, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER YOKOSUKA
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Chief Yeoman Lisa Reinhardt, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Business Operations Department (Code 300), leading chief petty officer, recites the CPO creed during a CPO birthday celebration on board Yokosuka Naval Base.
Chief petty officers (CPO) assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka recognized the 122nd CPO birthday by hosting an event that celebrated their history and leadership on board Yokosuka Naval Base April 1.
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Members of the NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka CPO Mess recite the CPO creed during a birthday celebration recognizing the 122nd CPO birthday.
“As chief petty officers, heritage and tradition are the foundation by which we carry out the mission,” said Chief Yeoman Lisa Reinhardt, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Business Operations Department (Code 300), leading chief petty officer. “As NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka chiefs, we are indebted to those who have come before us and this birthday celebration also serves as a reminder that our tasking is not complete, the Navy and our Sailors will continue to rely on us today and tomorrow as Sailors did in the past.”
The rank of Navy Chief Petty Officer was created April 1, 1893 to distinguish senior enlisted leaders and to bridge the gap between officer and enlisted ranks. The U.S. Navy is the only branch of the military in which advancing to the pay grade of E-7 holds such a high distinction.
“It is the chief that protects the Sailor by making the Sailor stronger through training, guidance and setting the proper example,” said NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka’s Command Master Chief Edwin Purdy. “It is the chief that enforces good order and discipline ensuring the enlisted Sailors and junior officers (potentially future commanding officers) have proper focus and direction.”
Purdy added that through this deckplate leadership enlisted Sailors grow in ways that will eventually allow them to take the reins and do the same one day, carrying on the great tradition of the chief petty officer long after he and his chiefs have been relieved of the watch.
“We have the ability to influence Sailors, uphold standards, give sound advice to the chain of command while simultaneously charting the future course of the Navy,” said Reinhardt, adding that chiefs provide a trusted enlisted perspective and experience to facilitate positive change up and down the chain of command.
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(From left to right) MCPO Matsuhiro Hashimoto, Command Master Chief, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), Ship Supply Depot (SSD), LSC Jaclyn Mosley, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Industrial Support Department, PO1 Kazunori Fujisaki, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), Ship Supply Depot (SSD), Weapon’s Supply Division, Weapon’s Department, inventory control and receiving chief and CMDCM Edwin Purdy, Command Master Chief, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, cut the ceremonial birthday cake.
“This leadership that comes from those wearing anchors on their collars is far more than technical expertise or knowing their jobs…it’s bigger than that…it’s being the example, mentor and standard bearer,” said Capt. Raymond Bichard, commanding officer, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka. “On behalf of the command and everyone here at NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, ‘Happy Birthday Chief’s Mess,’ keep leading by example and setting the standard for our young Sailors to follow.”
The event ended with a cake cutting ceremony and potluck, which brought out the entire command to include not only the chiefs but officers, Sailors and the civilian workforce, who all shared their appreciation for those chiefs within their organization who lead on a daily basis, helping the command accomplish its mission of supporting the Fleet.