Newly selected chief petty officers from the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Stennis Space Center, and Millington Navy Base all joined together this morning for a run as part of their leadership training.
From Ocean Springs to Biloxi, this dash of four miles serves as just part of the six weeks of advanced leadership training these soon to be chief petty officers go through. Senior Chief Matt Meade said, “We are building that camaraderie and through this process these guys are learning how to become more effective leaders in that larger naval enterprise than they were operating in before.”
They call this run the ‘Esprit de Corps’ or a feeling of pride and common loyalty which you could see in the way they cheered each other on every step of the run.
Each one of these men and women have had different journeys to get to this senior rank, but one thing is certain: they have pride in themselves and each other to have made it this far. Chief Selectee Michael Gilchrest said, “I’ve been waiting on this for 15 years and to finally get here is an honor. It is going to be a privilege to wear the chief petty officer uniform and join all of the people from the past who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and also the genuine chiefs that we have today.”
Those who did pay that ultimate sacrifice were honored at the USS Biloxi Mast Memoria,l where these soon-to-be naval chief petty officers ended their trip.
“So, part of being a chief is demonstrating and showing our heritage and knowing our history. So, today, we just did that, coming here to pay our respects to those who have fallen before us and show our pride in our heritage.”