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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chief Petty Officer Selectees Go Back to the Basics in Bahrain

It was a unique sight on August 16th which saw three rows of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees standing in formation and executing colors—a ritual that typically boasts three participants. At Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, however, the new CPO transition training includes educating newly minted chiefs on military history and tradition, and an integral part of this training focuses on the American flag. Quartermaster Senior Chief Karl Darr explained that NSA Bahrain has posted new selectees in front of the flagpole for the last two years. He said that learning Navy history and tradition is a significant step in their development not just as a new chief but also as a human being.

(Damage Controlman Chief (Select) Dennis Kypros secures the halyard during morning colors Aug. 16. Kypros is one of 48 First Class Petty Officers selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain and tenant commands)

“Someone taught me and I’m just passing it on,” he said. “It’s exposing them to a chunk of American history they may not [otherwise] be exposed to.”

Darr teaches the selectees flag rules and regulations researched from the Naval Telecommunications Procedures (NTP) manual. The manual documents the history of the national ensign and outlines the correct way to display and present the flag at various ceremonies and events. It even specifies what kind of flag can be used outdoors on your front porch.Darr said over the course of the next four weeks the selectees will learn everything about the flag and will execute colors twice a day several days a week. Read More [MS Word Document Format] ....

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