By Julie M. Lucas
NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs

Numerous events are designed during the Chief Petty Officer select season to help prepare future Navy chiefs. On Aug. 30, the NAS Jacksonville NEX offered an event for the selectees, their family and chiefs. 

"The Navy Exchange takes great pride in hosting the Lip Sync Battle to congratulate the CPO Selectees for this milestone in their military career," said NEX General Manager Marsha Brooks.

According to Brooks, this event has transitioned over the years from what used to be a night of "fitting their new uniforms" to a night of recognition for their achievement and an evening of fun and relaxation for everyone.  

The store closed early, and a stage was put in the front of the store with chairs for the audience. Judges for the event included NAS Jacksonville Naval Hospital Command Master Chief CMDCD (SW/AW) Patrick Campbell, NAS Jacksonville Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Jeffery Waters, NAS Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Mike P. Connor and NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean P. Haley. Criteria for the judging included actually knowing the words and being to lip sync to them as well as audience enthusiasm. Boat teams were given a song to learn within a week and come up a performance. Some of the songs included "Ice Ice Baby", "Another One Bites the Dust", and "Girl You Know It's True."

To start the night, NEX employees performed "Proud Mary" with Ike and Tina Turner.

The winning boat team, the Missouri, performed Sia's "Cheap Thrills." Chief (select) AC (AW/SW)Ayanna Gregg said that she had never heard the song before and she learned the words. The audience went wild when a member of the boat team showed off his dancing abilities. Boat team Alabama said for their Milli Vanilli song, they actually watched a video to get the original dance moves down. The first place and runner up teams were given small trophies.

Boat team Kearsarge was given Adele's "Hello" to learn, numerous shipmates began singing along and were reminded by Waters they only needed to lip sync.

Emcee for the event was NEX store manager Kitty Case, who asked Navy trivia questions to the selectees and prizes were given away. Prizes ranged from barbecue grills, speakers, coolers and drink cups. Raffles were also drawn at the end of the event, with gift baskets put together by the NEX containing more than $350 worth of items.

To end the night, the NEX treated the selectees and their families to food served in the food court.

"The selects have been working very hard this season and this was a great night for them to cut loose and have fun with their shipmates," said Waters.

"We really appreciate the community support from the NEX for this event."