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Chief Logistics Specialist Jennifer Fasnacht stands proud as her chief petty officer combination cover is donned during the chief petty officer pinning ceremony at POW/MIA Park, Nov. 19.

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Family, friends and shipmates gathered at the POW/MIA Park on Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, to witness the pinning of 23 new chief petty officers from NSA tenant commands, Nov. 19.

The ceremony was the culmination of a six-week training period in which senior enlisted leaders introduced the chief selectees to myriad challenges designed to strengthen their leadership skills and to provide a better understanding of what it means to be the chief.

U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s (USFFC) Fleet Master Chief John Perryman, served as the guest speaker. His remarks focused on the weight of the Chief Anchors.

“From this day forward, you will be somebody’s first chief,” said Perryman. “Let that sink in for a second and think about all of the implications that are rolled into that thought. Every single Sailor in the Navy, officer and enlisted, remembers their first chief. You are the person who will set the initial foundation, tone, and trajectory of that Sailor’s career. Their success in the Navy is tied to your ability to serve in a number of roles for them: teacher, mentor, leader, counselor, and confidant,” said Perryman.

The six-week training presented the selectees not only with the foundational knowledge to serve in their new roles as chiefs, but provided opportunities for teambuilding and camaraderie.

“I’ll never forget the feeling of walking into the auditorium full of 300 plus chiefs firing off questions one right after another,” said Chief Intelligence Specialist Charles Fischler, from USFFC. I’ve experienced a lot in my naval career, but that was like nothing I have ever been through. It was humbling and exciting at the same time,” he said.

The new chief petty officers represented seven different commands, including NSA Hampton Roads, USFFC, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Submarine Force Atlantic, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Navy Computer and Telecommunications Station Hampton Roads.

Each selectee took center stage to be pinned and don the chief petty officer cover for the first time. A moment, many of the new chiefs will never forget.

“It feels surreal,” said Chief Personnel Specialist Lacey Thercy of USFFC. “For me it’s the rainbow after a few storms – overwhelming and exciting.”

“It feels amazing,” said Chief Information Systems Technician (Submarine) Rory Erhardt of Submarine Force Atlantic.

“It feels exciting and exhilarating,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Jennifer Fasnacht of Naval Air Force Atlantic. “Being up on stage and looking out at the crowd and seeing all the faces that are so proud of us made the moment even more perfect.”

Congratulations to our Fiscal Year 2022 chief petty officers!

ETVC Adam Aeillo Submarine Force Atlantic

ITC Dorothea Allen Naval Air Force Atlantic

MAC Troy Cloe Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

YNC Mose Dantzler Patrol and Reconnaissance Group

YNC Brittney Devera Submarine Force Atlantic

ITSC Rory Erhardt Submarine Force Atlantic

LSC Jennifer Fasnacht Naval Air Force Atlantic

HMC Nikira Ferguson Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

ISC Charles Fischler U.S. Fleet Forces Command

ITC Lisa Gallegos U.S. Fleet Forces Command

ITC Brandy Gillespie Patrol and Reconnaissance Group

ICC Bryanne Iddings Naval Air Force Atlantic

ITC Alex Jefferson NCTS Hampton Roads

MCC Gary Johnson Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

BUC Cody Kincaid Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

EMC Steven Mafort Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

OSC Nekeitha Paulk Submarine Group TWO

FCC Brandon Rowe U.S. Fleet Forces Command

MUC Eric Snitzer U.S. Fleet Forces Command

PSC Lacey Thercy U.S. Fleet Forces Command

AGC James Walker U.S. Fleet Forces Command

YNC Jerron Williams Cruise Missile Support Activity Atlantic

MCC Kathryn Macdonald Naval Air Forces Atlantic

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