Coast Guard Advancing New Chiefs

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard will be advancing 15 of its enlisted members to the rank of chief petty officer today at Patriots Point aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ingram in Charleston at 10 a.m.

The Low Country Chief’s Mess, which is comprised of chief petty officers from all the Coast Guard units located in The Low Country. The Coast Guard relies on its chief pretty officers to help the Coast Guard through its many organizational changes because of the challenges presented after 9/11.

“There’s never been a more important time for chief petty officers in the Coast Guard to be strong leaders than today,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles “Skip” Bowen, the highest ranking enlisted person in the Coast Guard. “Our core purpose is to lead, teach, mentor and ensure standards are being met.”

Chief petty officers are the senior enlisted force that serve as deck plate leaders in the Coast Guard and attaining the rank of chief petty officer is one of the largest steps in any Coast Guard enlisted person’s career.

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