Story by Robert Palomares on 09/16/2019By Robert Palomares, NSWC PHD Public Affairs
Friday, Sept. 13 was a lucky day for 62 chief selectees as they turned a page in their careers and became chief petty officers.
As family, friends, shipmates and others looked on in a crowded hanger at Point Mugu Naval Air Station, the individuals became members of an exclusive groupthe Chief's Mess.
This time-honored ceremony means more than just another promotion. No other service in the United States celebrates an advancement like this, said guest speaker Capt. Matthew Duffy, commander, Airborne Command and Control and Logistics.
"Only in the Navy does the rank of E-7 carry a certain responsibility and privilege," he said. "There is nothing that is comparable in the Department of Defense to what we will witness today."
"Along with the privilege, much more will be expected of you," he added. "The Navy will demand much more."
The new crop of chiefs will be expected to lead and mentor junior enlisted and officers.
"I wouldn't be standing here today if it weren't for the leadership of the chiefs who taught me, mentored me and motivated me to move forward," Duffy said. "None of the officers here would. Be that one chief who every sailor you lead will remember."
Duffy then turned and spoke to the new officers' families.
"These new chiefs would not be here without the sacrifices and support of you," he said. "For that, we all owe you our gratitude."
Chief Fire Controlman Bobby Lucas from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), said he felt overwhelmed after the ceremony.
"I know the hard work starts now, but I also know I will have the support and guidance of the Chief's Messnot only from the NSWC PHD Mess, but from all over the world," Lucas said. "Whenever I have a question or need help, I can reach out to any Chief in the world and get the help I need. It's a great feeling to know they have my back."