The 2013 Sailor of the Year winners were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, May 22.
Deputy Chief of U.S. Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy Vice Adm. Michelle Howard was the guest speaker at the pinning ceremony hosted by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens.
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mahtob Johnson, U.S. Fleet Forces Sea Sailor of the Year; Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 1st Class Matthew Meadows, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year; Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Paul Marticorena, Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year; and Cryptologic Technician (Collections) 1st Class Patricia Madigan, Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year were each presented their Chief Petty Officer appointment letter from Howard prior to having their anchors pinned to their collars and combination covers placed on their heads.
“The rank of chief petty officer is one of special order. It shows not only that you have served successfully, but that your service has met with the commendation of your seniors,” said Howard. She continued, “When you are promoted to chief petty officer, your uniform changes, your quarters and method of living changes, the treatment afforded to you by your senior officer changes, but don’t forget that these are not the only features of your life that change. Along with all of these changes comes a very great change in your responsibilities, as well as the absolute necessity for a different point of view.”
Before the anchors were pinned on the Sailors of the Year, MCPON Stevens spoke about one of the top questions he’s asked during fleet visits.
“Sailors will ask what they can do to better ensure a successful career and I offer what I call my foundations of success,” said Stevens. “Work hard for your Sailors every single day, stay out of trouble, and be a good and decent person.”
He added, “Some may disagree, but I believe that the most important focus area is to be a good and decent person.” “Treat yourself and your Sailors with dignity and respect,” he said.
Families, friends and shipmates traveled from around the world to attend the ceremony and share the highlights of their accomplishments and achievement on advancing to chief petty officer.
Throughout their week-long visit to Washington, the Sailors of the Year and their families toured historic sites and enjoyed special events held in their honor.
“This has been an outstanding opportunity and a very humbling experience,” Meadows said.
Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: US Navy