Six weeks of hard work during the chief petty officer (CPO) induction season culminated with pinning ceremonies aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Sept. 14. Ceremonies were held at various locations aboard the station as family members, friends and sponsors pinned the new chiefs.

“This is one of the most significant milestones they will ever see in their career and it is the biggest transition they will ever make,” said LNC Christopher Monahan of NAS Jax and master of ceremonies of the event.

“The chiefs are the backbone of the Navy. We are the filter between the junior Sailors and the seniors. We are the keepers of the heritage.”

Seven CPO selectees proudly sang “Anchors Aweigh” as they marched into the ceremonial hangar 117 to receive their fouled anchors.

The guest speaker for the event was retired Command Master Chief Bradley Shepherd who thanked family members in attendance and all past and present CPOs.

The ceremony continued as YNCS Yenier Ramirez recited the CPO Creed and ACC Ashley Wert read the “Fouled Anchor.”

Each selectee was officially pinned and covered by family members, friends and sponsors before proudly saluting fellow chief sideboys as they walked the “red” carpet. 

Renee Langehennig and her family travelled from Texas to participate in the pinning of her son MAC Michael Langehennig.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” she said.

“I have been proud of him his entire life. He has always been a strong young man. This is the most special day for him and it means the world to us. I’m glad I could be here. I wish his grandfather could be here. He passed away a couple of years ago, but I am wearing his dog tags in honor of him.”