I had the honor and privilege to commission Ronnie Keegan from Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2).
Senior Chief Ronnie Keegan enlisted in the Navy on 17 June 1999, and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois for Basic Training. Following recruit training, he completed Yeomen “A” School in Meridian, Mississippi.
His operational assignments include Carrier Strike Group EIGHT, Norfolk, Virginia; Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO, Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Leading Petty Officer, deployed in support of Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, and was promoted and transitioned to Chief Petty Officer; USS BATAAN (LHD 5) serving as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Administration Department and deployed on a six-month Individual Augmentation assignment to U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND. He is currently serving as the Administrative Department, X-1 Division Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
Ashore, he’s completed assignments at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Norfolk, Virginia; and NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Command, where he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Senior Chief Torres removed Ronnie’s anchors:
Two tiny little anchors of bright and shiny gold;
Few know of the treasures and significance they hold;
To civilians they are just lil pins to put on Sailor’s collars;
In Boot Camp they signify the one who always hollers;
To a Seaman these two anchors have power and control;
To a Navy Petty Officer these anchors are a goal;
But ask a Chief who’s been there what these anchors signify;
They will get a lump in their throat and a tear will fill their eye;
These anchors have a tradition and a history of beliefs;
They’ve been passed for generations like a torch amongst the Chiefs!
Ronnie passed his Senior Chief anchors to a few of his friends…..
Next I pinned Ronnie’s new collar devices on and administered the oath:
Advancement in a Sailor’s career marks a milestone, however commissioning is a transition from the enlisted ranks to the officer ranks. Warrant Officers are a unique part of the Navy, fulfilling a role no other commissioned officer can. Warrant Officers have the wisdom and technical background to perform tasks that call for the officer protocol to carry out, but require the enlisted spirit and experience to accomplish.
I introduce to you Chief Warrant Officer Ronnie Keegan!