Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chief petty officers serve sailors at Norfolk galley

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Pittman, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Detachment East

NORFOLK, Va (NNS) -- Members from the local chief petty officer mess gathered to serve Sailors at the galley at Naval Station Norfolk March 29.

The event was one of several during the week to celebrate the 117th birthday of the rate of chief petty officer in the United States Navy.

"I helped coordinate this event and it was no problem to find volunteers," said Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Kenneth Vereen.

According to Vereen, approximately 30 chief petty officers volunteered.

"It's a great feeling and a good opportunity to give back to Sailors," said Chief Culinary Specialist Christopher Bailey. "It's a tribute to our Sailors. It's in recognition of their efforts because without them, we wouldn't be able to do a chief's job."

Sailors eating at the galley were glad to see the chief's mess willing to work to feed their shipmates.

"It lets me know they get their hands dirty just like the rest of us," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class James Carter from squadron HM-14 Vanguard.

There are several events lined up for the week including an "Ask the Chief" all hands call, The Goat Locker Challenge and the Chief Petty Officer Birthday Lunch April 1.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Richard J. Stevens.

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