Chief Machinists Mate Marcus A. Campbell of Dillon was among 52 sailors pinned as Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Sept. 16, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman while under way in the Atlantic Ocean.
Campbell, a 2001 graduate of Dillon High School, has served in the Navy for 13 years.
As a machinsts mate, Campbell leads operations of ships’ waste management and hydraulics equipment.
“Being pinned is one of the highest traditions of the U.S. Navy and it’s a great family to be a part of,” Campbell said. “It’s a great accomplishment and milestone in my life. And I just want to thank all my friends and family who support me these past 13 years and the ones who will continue to support me.”
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a future deployment.
These newly pinned chiefs, from USS Harry S. Truman, Carrier Strike Group 8, Destroyer Squadron 28 and Carrier Air Wing 7 received training and guidance in accordance with the master chief petty officer of the Navy’s CPO 365 initiative to help prepare them for their role as a chief petty officer.
“It’s been a challenging journey, but it is worth it,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) B. Milless, a newly pinned chief. “All of our trials and tribulations have made us grow and develop as senior leaders. I’m grateful for the opportunity to train and learn with the Mess.”
The former selectees are now authorized to wear the title and assume the responsibilities of a chief petty officer, and meet the expectations set before them.
“I want the new chiefs to trust in the bigger plan,” said Truman’s Command Master Chief Antonio Perryman. “I want them to find strength in adversity, practice gratitude and give thanks whenever possible. They should always keep a positive attitude and help their Sailors and shipmates get to where they are now.”
Truman’s chief mess trained the chiefs for six weeks leading up to a “final test” to ensure they were ready for the obligations that come with the anchors.
“Combined, we worked together to overcome the obstacle of our busy schedule to give our new chiefs a challenging and memorable final night,” said CVW-7 Command Master Chief M. Puco. “It set the example to our new chiefs that there is only one chief petty officers’ mess. It has laid the foundation of teamwork we will have throughout our upcoming deployment which will ensure our success.”
Perryman said leadership is about trust and loyalty.
“Team Truman’s newest chief petty officers sought out the approval of the chiefs during week one,” said Perryman. “It was very important to provide each Sailor with the opportunity to lead. As we showed confidence in them, they understood that we were committed to their professional development and loyal to dignity and respect.”
All first class petty officers participate in CPO 365 focuses on expanding the leadership abilities of first class petty officers – and future chiefs – throughout the year.
“It’s all about training,” said Milless. “As you go through it, just be sure to remember who you are and where you come from. Remember everyone who helped and guided you so that you can return the favor to your sailors.”
The chiefs’ mess aboard the ship is ready for the newcomers and is pleased to be able to welcome them into their ranks.
“Wear your anchors with pride and remember, ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’” said Perryman. “Being a chief brings a new role in leadership. Just as the sun rises and sets, every day will bring a new challenge and every new challenge is an opportunity to make a difference. It all starts with you.”
Seaman 3rd Class A.A. Cruz is a mass communication specialist with the USS Harry S. Truman’s public affairs office.