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DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory (Sept. 29, 2023) Chief Boatswain’s Mate James Rutherford, assigned to U.S. Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia, receives his anchors from his sponsors during NSF Diego Garcia’s chief petty officer pinning ceremony, Sept. 29, 2023. Chiefs are recognized for exemplary technical expertise within their rating, superior administrative skills, strong leadership ability, and most importantly, chiefs bridge the gap between officers and enlisted personnel, acting as supervisors as well as advocates for their Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jordan Steis)

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