A BIT OF HISTORY: "...New Chiefs Participate in Base Beautification Project - Story Number: NNS040831-07 - Release Date: 8/31/2004 2:24:00 PM - By Journalist 2nd Class Auburn Hutton, Naval Air Reserve Point Mugu Public Affairs..." http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=14940 [16NOV2004]Circa 1990
POINT MUGU, Calif. (NNS) -- Sixteen newly selected chief petty officers from units at Naval Air Station Point Mugu participated in a hands-on base beautification effort in August.
Sailors from VP-65, VR-55, Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Mobile Operations Control Center and VAW-116 joined together in an effort to help clean up a few neglected areas of the base, while satisfying the community service portion of their Chief Selectee Transition season.
Chief Personnelman (AW) Katrina Renyer from the Naval Air Reserve Point Mugu (NAVAIRES) is the community service chairman for the season. She coordinated with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office on base to determine which areas needed the most care.
"We ended up focusing on the barbeque pavilion," she said. "It's a facility that everyone on the base utilizes, and it was in desperate need of repair. It needed a face lift."
One chief selectee from NAVAIRES, Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate (sel.) (AW) David Phillips, enjoyed participating in the restoration.
"We cleaned up the playground equipment, replaced light fixtures, cleaned and painted the barbecue grill pits and built four new horseshoe pits," he said. "It was a big job, but it gave us a lot of satisfaction."
When the crew finished the job, the pavilion had a whole new look for Point Mugu residents to enjoy. Phillips feels the project will contribute to more use of the community pavilion.
"It was a wonderful opportunity and a really great thing for the community. It turned out to be so beautiful — a great looking place overall. I think it'll really help invite more people to go over there and spend time with their family."
Community service is just one portion of the Chief Selectee Transition season. The Sailors are also required to participate in extensive classroom and physical training in order to better prepare themselves for life in khakis.
"The whole process is important," said Renyer. "There's a lesson behind everything. I remember going through it myself. You have a whole new perspective on your career when it's over."
Phillips feels the knowledge he gained has helped him evolve into a whole new way of thinking.
"You have to go from being someone who goes to others and asks, ‘What am I supposed to do?' to a person who others go to for the same answers."
During the base beautification process, as well as the other training the chief selectees received, they had a chance to bond and work together as a team. Renyer said the results were incredible.
"You take 30 or so individuals and by the end of the season, they're working together like a smooth engine," she said. "They have to learn a new way of life."
The Chief Selectee Transition season will wrap up Sept. 15 with a pinning ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.
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