Nineteen chief petty officers were advanced to the rank of senior chief petty officer aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), June 6.
The 19 learned of their selections from a 1MC call made by Capt. Bob Roth, Truman’s commanding officer.
He was not the only newly advanced senior chief petty officer who attributed his success to others. Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Benjamin Hodges said his Dental Department team played a big role in his advancement.
Hodges and Pelzer both agreed that providing guidance and mentorship for junior officers and enlisted Sailors is essential to being a successful senior chief petty officer.
“I like to give Sailors the advice that was given to me by my mentor,” said Hodges. “Live by the four h’s – be healthy, physically and mentally; be hungry, for the next challenge and strive to get past it; be hard, be the example and be the kind of example you want to be; and be humble, thankful for the opportunities that you are given, and if you don’t like something, then strive to change it.”
In addition to advancing the 19 senior chiefs, Roth frocked 142 Sailors to the next pay grade during the ceremony.
In all, 276 Truman Sailors were advanced during the spring Navy-wide advancement cycle.
Press Release, June 13, 2014; Image: US Navy