A feeling of pride and gratitude is felt at Camp Casey whenever we host a military-affiliated group, especially when it includes many uniformed personnel marching in cadence on our large fields! We recently had the honor of hosting the 1st Pacific Northwest Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Pride Day at Camp Casey this past September. celebrates Navy Chief teamwork and heritage.CPO selectees are sailors who have been chosen to be promoted to the rank of Chief.Even though this was the group’s first year, more than 400 sailors attended. The day started with muster at Fort Casey, the singing of “Anchors Away”, and the raising of colors. Following a short welcome address by CMDMC Schanche, Ret., the selectees marched in formation to the Camp Casey playfield. The day included numerous activities designed to challenge the selectees’ leadership skills, but also to create a sense of community and camaraderie. The day concluded with a 9/11 observance ceremony, a “Ceremony of Final Tribute” (flag retirement ceremony), and a donation to the local food bank.
In between events, sailors could be seen practicing an old Navy tradition of the Charge Book. Research indicates that Charge Books have a history which is older than the initiation. Newly selected Chiefs are assigned their Charge Book project almost immediately. Selectees are encouraged to work together on this project, but to be individually creative to promote teamwork among the selectees. Chiefs share with the selectee patriotic thoughts and words of wisdom that have inspired and motivated them through rough times. They also share tidbits of Naval history and tradition with the selectees, as well as welcome them into the Chiefs community. CMDCM Smith, the senior enlisted sailor at the event, said, “When I have a bad day or need some encouragement, I’ll open my Charge Book and read through some of the advice fellow CPOs gave me when I was a selectee.”
is a day where United States Navy Chiefs come together in a concerted effort to strengthen their camaraderie, exemplify to CPO selectees the power of the CPO Mess, and give back to a community that gives so much to active military and veterans. The Navy, just like the other branches of the military, have their own set of unique terms and phrases.
Perhaps a large field upon which to march in cadence on isn’t on your must-have list, but certainly Casey play fields abound for soccer, football, running, and other sports.