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European edition, Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Navy’s newest chief petty officers had their anchors pinned on Friday afternoon in ceremonies throughout Europe. The ceremony is the culmination of a six-week process that begins with notifying individuals that they were selected for promotion.

This was the second year that the induction process included a Chief Petty Officers Academy. The academy is a predominantly classroom-based, three-week training program focusing on leadership and heritage training. The remaining time is spent in training scenarios at the home base of the sailors up for promotion.

Unity and teamwork were the strongest sentiments given by many of those promoted when asked what they had learned from the process.

“You can’t do this yourself,” said newly promoted Yeoman Chief April Jackson, assigned to Commander, Navy Region Europe in Naples, Italy.

“The most important thing I’ve learned is that you need to work with the our brothers and sisters in the Chiefs Mess.”

This year, 4,173 sailors were promoted Navy-wide to chief petty officer. Sixty-one of them came from Europe.

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