And just what do all those letters mean? The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Washington is a Naval Reserve air facility. It was merged in 2009 with Andrews Air Force Base to create the Joint Base Andrews. Chief Petty Officers (CPO) serve as both technical experts and as leaders, with the emphasis being on leadership. All Chiefs are involved in the training of junior officers. The "CPO 365- Phase II" is a year-round program that first class petty officers complete before they are considered for promotion. These first class petty officers are called Selectees. Part of this training is a component for heritage and community relations. And that brings us to the JOHN W BROWN (JWB).
This past weekend we had the pleasure of hosting, and putting to work, nine Selectees and 10 Chiefs from the Naval Air Facility. It was raining when they arrived but by the time they had been greeted by Captain Rick, oriented by Hugh, and eaten their lunches, the sun was shining and the work was waiting.
The Chiefs and Selectees interacted with most of the volunteers on board that day. They did get a chance to go through the engine room. Some visited the store and when home with some souvenirs. Another helped out with some non paint related ship's business too. We certainly enjoyed having them on board to visit as well as appreciating all of their help. Moving those floor plates was much easier with their help. I wonder if they would come back to paint?
Project Liberty Ship, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer organization engaged in the preservation and operation of the historic ship JOHN W. BROWN as a living memorial museum. Gifts to Project Liberty Ship are tax deductible.