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Monday, February 8, 2016


Newly promoted E-7 Chief Petty Officer is "pinned"  by her wife.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Smith
As a career magazine editor, who is now a media consultant, I still receive media press releases from all walks of life.  The other day, I received a press release from the U.S. Navy announcing a recent promotion.  The press release appears below in its entirety along with the supplied photo, above.

As for the content of the press release, Pillar to Post makes no editorial comment pro or con save one comment: I never thought I’d see the day where equality was an everyday event.  I guess that is a comment, but I mean it as a positive one.

Press release: “...Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Misty Beck is pinned by her wife during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island. Beck and 20 other chief selectees from six different commands were pinned during the ceremony in the hangar of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Smith/Released)...”

For those not familiar with the term “pinning” here is what Stars & Stripes newspaper reported recently: “Navy commands across the seas last week pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 to the rank of a chief petty officer.

“The pinning ceremony is the culmination of a six-week intense training program to prepare selected sailors for their new responsibilities as senior noncommissioned officers.

“In the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique and additional responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print, but exist because of 200 years of naval heritage,” said Stars & Stripes.

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