CPOs Remember Fallen Sailors

CPOs Remember Fallen Sailors

Chief petty officers (CPO) and future CPOs from various commands around San Diego participated in a heritage event held at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery in Point Loma, Calif., Sept. 11.

Retired Chief Electrician’s Mate Stuart Hedley was the guest speaker at the event. He served in the Navy from 1940-1960. Throughout his career, he survived 13 attacks and served in the Korean War.

“It’s important for us to look back in history and talk to these living treasures that we have,” said Senior Chief Personnel Specialist Brian Robinson assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1. “We learn about the Navy from them, how it was and ensure we keep the heritage going long into the future.”

The future CPOs visited five different sites around Rosecrans Cemetery. The sites featured former chiefs and others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America’s freedom. They learned about the importance of Navy heritage as chiefs and as Sailors.

“During our CPO 365 events throughout the year, we try as chief petty officers to share heritage and tradition,” said Chief Navy Counselor Jorge Arencibia, assigned to DESRON 1. “This is so they can understand where we come from and all things that can make us better leaders for the future.”

The second iteration of the event included a flag retirement ceremony held on the USS Midway Museum, located in downtown San Diego, where the ensign was honored. The attendants include the San Diego Police Department, sea cadets, boy scouts and girl scouts.

“I’m very proud to be part of this event,” said Robinson. “I made chief in 2003, and chiefs put some amazing events together, and now I’m investing in the next generation of chiefs that are coming through.”


Press Release, September 13, 2013; Image: US Navy