Across the Navy, first class petty officers received their combination covers and anchors from people important to them during the annual Chief Petty Officers' Pinning Ceremony Nov. 19.
In Southeast Asia, one veteran Sailor celebrated with a shipmate from a younger generation - his son.
Logistics Specialist Jourdan Borcena invited his parents, Ferdie and Mary Lou, to participate in his chief pinning ceremony. They flew across the Pacific Ocean from San Diego to take part in the event.
"I am humbled and proud to be selected a Navy chief," Jourdan said.
"It meant a lot to me to have parents here, especially since my dad served in the Navy too."
Ferdie is a retired culinary specialist first class. Jourdan credits dad with helping guide the son through life and his career.
They both recognize the significance of this Navy milestone - promotion to chief petty officer.
The chief's pinning ceremony is a time-honored one. Steeped in tradition, the event represents the culmination of a Sailor's career, professional maturity and technical expertise. The path to this professional pinnacle is paved with training, extensive in-rate knowledge, initiative, mentorship, and demonstrated leadership. The rank, established April 1, 1893, is not only a revered one, it is a critical one.
"You showed that the selection board got it right as you performed superbly displaying humility, passion and resilience through six weeks of training in Warrior Toughness, Culture of Excellence, and multiple lessons from the Teaching to the Creed syllabus," said Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific and Task Force 73, during Borcena's pinning ceremony.
"All of the history, the legacy, the responsibility boils down to three short words: 'Ask the chief.'
"As you assume and wear the rank of chief, celebrate today, and continue leading with honor, courage and commitment."
Borcena has had a series of opportunities to lead with distinction. After his initial Navy training, Jourdan served aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). He then supported LCS ships while assigned to the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center. As the leading petty officer, he led a team of Sailors assigned to Task Force 53 in Bahrain before reporting to USS Wasp (LHD 1). Borcena joined the Military Sealift Command Far East team in March 2021.
"Chief Borcena has been an integral part of our staff since joining the team. I appreciate that, regardless of rank, he leans forward, collaborates and creatively tackles challenges, paving the way for our civil service and contracted mariners to successfully achieve their missions. I am glad to see him in khakis. He will be a great addition to the Chiefs' Mess," said Capt. Samuel F. de Castro, commodore of MSCFE.
Borcena now serves as the assistant combat logistics officer for Military Sealift Command Far East. In this role, he coordinates the supply orders and transfers of materiel between MSC's combat logistics force ships and U.S. and international partners' and allies' ships operating in the 7th Area of Responsibility. MSC Far East ensures approximately 50 ships in the Indo-Pacific region, are manned, trained and equipped to deliver essential supplies, fuel, cargo, and equipment to warfighters, both at sea and on shore.
"MSC has shown me the other side or behind the scenes of supply. I've spent years as an MSC customer when serving on ships, but I never understood the intricacies of what they do until now," Borcena said.