CHICOPEE, Mass -- SEPT 12, 2019 -- The pinning ceremony is an important part of the transition season from First Class Petty officer to Chief Petty Officer.
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 and then returned to their primary location at Westover Joint Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. 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.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Roger S. Duncan