Mount Airy native named chief petty officer

(MILLINGTON, TENN.) – Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Sean Kontogianis from Mount Airy, was recently promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year.

Chief Kontogianis is serving aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“Being selected for chief petty officer has always been a dream of mine and I’m extremely humble to be selected,” said Kontogianis.

“Achieving the title of ‘Navy Chief’ is a major honor and milestone,” the Navy said in announcing his promotion. According to Navy Personnel Command, “there are only 8.5 percent of sailors currently serving at the chief petty officer rank.”

To be selected for this promotion, sailors must be a petty officer 1st class, and successfully navigate through two qualifying factors: a job-based exam and a selection review board.

A sailor’s record can only proceed to the review board after he or she scores high enough on the exam. Once the exam is passed, the applicant’s records are reviewed by a panel of senior navy leaders who meet for six weeks to determine if the individual meets the standards for selection as a chief petty officer.

A sailor’s performance is evaluated for at least five years, and each sailor attributes different experiences for their selection.

“I would have to say it’s not the things I have done but what my sailors have accomplished while working for me,” said Kontogianis upon reaching the designation.

During the ceremony recognizing those who had been named as chief petty officers, the honored sailors invite friends and family members to pin on the two gold anchors that adorn the newly appointed chiefs’ uniforms, while the sailor’s sponsor places the combination cover on their heads.

“I would have to thank my wife, Armenda Kontogianis, for all of her support throughout the years,” said Kontogianis. “I could not have done any of this without her.”

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