BOSTON -- SEPT 11, 2019 -- Chief Builder Roger Hakins of Ansonia, Connecticut climbs the main mast rigging aboard USS Constitution as part of heritage training with Greater New England Chiefs Mess.
Across the U.S. Navy every year, Chief Petty Officers train 1st Class Petty Officers who have been selected for promotion in a summer-long training program. The Final Week, in the week leading up to the pinning ceremony in mid-September, is filled with important training events.
This year, the Greater New England Chiefs Mess met for their first two days of Final Week training at USS Constitution, at Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Greater New England Chiefs Mess is made up of Reserve Chiefs from seven Navy Reserve Operational Support Centers, all within four hours drive of Boston. USS Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned warship.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Roger S. Duncan