Navy's pinning ceremony anchored in tradition
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 17, 2013
Navy commands across the seas last week pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 to the rank of a chief petty officer.
The pinning ceremony is the culmination of a six-week intense training program to prepare selected sailors for their new responsibilities as senior noncommissioned officers.
In the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique and additional responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print, but exist because of 200 years of naval heritage.
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Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Martinez, a boatswain's mate, has his new cover place on his head during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Navy commands world-wide pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 last week to the rank of a chief petty officer.
ERIC DIETRICH/U.S. NAVY