On September 14, 2012, on board the amphibious assault ship the USS Makin Island, 21 sailors were awarded the rank of chief petty officer (CPO). After six weeks of intensive training, the sailors received their CPO collar devices and combination covers.
Newly advanced Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (AW/SW) Francisco Cayetano said "I took on the most challenging billets and positions to get here. Since I joined the Navy I wanted to become one because of their dedication to train and mentor Sailors. I want to be that chief that continues the legacy."
NERA wishes these sailors fair winds and following seas.