By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- More than 30 chief petty officers (CPO) and chief petty officer selectees united with local charity Samaritan House to restore and renew emergency housing for the victims of domestic violence in the Hampton Roads region, Aug. 27.
"Today was our first community relations event of the chief induction season," said Chief Yeoman Steve Mundy. "We just wanted to come out and help Samaritan House and the families that will be staying in the residences."
Samaritan House has provided emergency and transitional housing, and community outreach to victims of domestic violence and homeless families in the Hampton Roads area since 1984.
The event was held as part of CPO 365 Phase II, the second part of a three-part, yearlong development and training program designed to test the first class petty officers or CPO selectees mentally, physically, personally and professionally. Phase II begins when board results are released and builds upon Phase I, which is intended to prepare board-eligible Sailors for their transition.
The goal of CPO 365 is to educate first class petty officers and CPO selectees about Navy heritage, Navy policies and procedures, equal opportunity guidance, sponsorship and indoctrination, Fleet and Family Service Center programs, the enlisted retention board, career development boards, physical fitness and nutrition.
"The most important thing about CPO 365 Phase II is instilling hard work, dedication, pride and team work into every chief selectee," said Mundy. "So any time we can come together as a team to reach a common goal, plus help the community, it's definitely a positive for the Chiefs Mess and the United States Navy."