(Via Ho’okele News)
Chief petty officers and first class petty officers from across the Hawaii region conduct a CPO 365 Pride Run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Story and photo by MC1 David Kolmel
U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
More than 300 chief petty officers (CPO) and first class petty officers (FCPO) stationed across Hawaii gathered recently at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the inaugural FY14 CPO 365 5K run.
CPO 365 is a program started by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West to prepare and train FCPOs about their leadership roles and to maintain continued focus and development once selected to the rank of chief petty officer.
The run provided the opportunity to develop relationships through physical training (PT) and was a great opportunity for chiefs and first classes from Hawaii to come together.
“Nothing builds teams like doing PT together,” said U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Command Master Chief Teresa Carroll.
“The run is not just unity with CPOs and FCPOs, it is Hawaii’s chief’s mess and Hawaii’s first class petty officer’s mess coming together. Chiefs rely heavily on first classes, and this is a great opportunity to build that relationship as well as mentor them.”
CPO 365 allows first classes and chiefs to calibrate through facilitated training, community relations projects and PT events.
“Seeing all the chiefs and first classes out there this morning showed that we are a strong force and that the personal development goes beyond the classroom and that the CPO 365 program is working,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class David Souchon. “It really showed the good relationship between the messes.”
The purpose of the run was to not only bond the chiefs and first classes, but to inspire junior Sailors.
“My hope is they [other Sailors] are thinking I want to be there one day,” Carroll said. “It also builds confidence in leadership as they see us working together.”
The run started at Quick Field on the Pearl Harbor side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and circled around the Missing Man Formation on Hickam before returning to Quick Field. This 5K run kicks off a monthly region-wide CPO 365 PT event.
“I’m excited and proud of what this new year brings with CPO 365,” Carroll said.