by Navy Office of Community Outreach
(Plain Press, November 2016) (NORFOLK, Va.) – Navy Chief Petty Officer Anthony Henry from Cleveland, Ohio, was recently promoted to chief petty officer.
Chief Henry, a 2004 John Marshall High School graduate, has served in the Navy for 12 years and is currently serving at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) in Norfolk, Virginia.
“This advancement means so much to me,” said Henry. “Being raised in Cleveland, I feel I was born to lose but built to win. I could not have done this without strong family support. I love my family to the death of me.”
More than 3000 sailors at various commands around the world were promoted during the 2016 Chief Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony is a long time Navy tradition dating back to 1893 when the chief petty officer pay grade was first created.
“Making chief petty officer is the pinnacle of an enlisted sailor’s career,” said Command Master Chief Andre Stuckey. “Chief petty officers are and will continue to be the backbone of our Navy. We are extremely proud of our newest chief petty officers.”
To be selected for this promotion, Sailors must be a petty officer 1st class, and go through two qualifying factors; a job based exam, and a review board. A petty officer 1st class can only go through the review board after they score high enough on the exam. Each job has different requirements for their chief petty officers.
Before the new chief can wear their new rank and anchors on their uniform collars, they must complete a six-week long training filled with testing, mentoring, and challenges to make them the best chiefs they can be.
“The most challenging part is to not take things personal,” said Henry. “If you take things personal, it will be a tough 6 weeks. Trust the process and be yourself, you will see the rewards of the training. Believe me!”
During the ceremony, the honored sailors invite friends and family members to pin on the two gold anchors to the newly appointed chief’s uniform, while the sailor’s sponsor places the combination cover on their heads.
“This is for my family and my close friends that I also consider family,” said Henry. “Always try to do the right thing as much as possible. Continue to take care of those under you, don’t coddle them but provide them the tools to succeed. Never forget where you came from. Be quiet, humble, and strong. Last but not least, keep God first at all times!”