Ten chief petty officers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) stood at attention as friends, family and colleagues pinned senior chief anchors upon their collars during a frocking ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay June 18.
Frocked Sailors receive the right to wear the insignia and assume the responsibilities of their next pay-grade but do not receive pay of their new grade until actually promoted.
Newly pinned Senior Chief Fire Controlman Jeffrey Marquardt, who has 19 years in the Navy and eight attempts at making senior chief, said that many different factors go into becoming a senior chief.
“Of course it takes hard work to achieve this, but it also takes a little luck with the numbers involved,” said Marquardt. “You have to have thick skin and not let the little things bother you. Of course we’re going to have bad days in our line of work, but you have to wake up every day ready to give it everything you’ve got.”
Teresa Santacruz pinned senior chief anchors on her husband, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Michael Santacruz, during the ceremony.
“It was a beautiful feeling. I was filled with love and pride to be with my husband on the stage and see him get recognized for all of his hard work,” said Teresa.
The Career Compensation Act of 1949 created the pay-grades of senior chief and master chief to recognize the heightened level of knowledge that each chief possessed.
“These individuals haven’t only been selected for the advanced responsibilities of being chief petty officers and taking care of their Sailors on the deck plates, but they’ve demonstrated that capability to an extreme,” Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt, told the attending the frocking ceremony. “Due to that, the Navy has recognized just how fantastic of a job they have done, and, as a result, they’ve placed a star on top of their anchor.”
Many of the new senior chiefs had family members pin them in recognition of the support their families provide. Grieco urged the newly-pinned senior chiefs to thank their spouses and families for their support to get them to this day.
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Wyatt L. Anthony USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs