February 15, 2000 the Chief Petty Officer Academy website
was reintroduced with a new look and the distinctive
graphic that appears on the Academy's homepage.
Since its introduction, this unique graphic has become
a nearly universal symbol throughout the Chief Petty
Today, Academy students continue to share examples of the numerous ways this image has been used to exemplify the pride of Chief Petty Officers throughout the service -- adorning CCTI invitations, on hat boxes, on the doors of the Chief's Mess, as computer screensavers, and most recently on Sept. 11th, 2001 commemorative T-shirts. In humble recognition of this widespread use, the Chief Petty Officer Academy presents this brief history.
October, 1998 marked the beginning of a significant commitment to the future development of the Coast Guard's Chief Petty Officer Corps. The Enlisted Development Career Program recommended a completely new CPO Academy curriculum, redesigned in conjunction with a shift in the target population from E-8's to new E-7's making the transition from E-6.
The new curriculum, and an immediate tripled increase in annual class convenings, from 5 classes to 15, required better use of technology to prepare incoming students for this new experience. As a result, the Academy staff updated the existing website to offer a "one-stop" source of information for the Academy's program and Chief Petty Officer history, a core element of the previous website.
Another important goal was to represent the new Academy with a distinctive image that reflected the staff's pride in its mission, recognition of the Academy as a unique institution of professional military education, and the strong bonds that bind all Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers, past and present.
The symbols selected to represent the Academy were, of course, the Chief Petty Officer insignia and the Coast Guard ensign. These were blended together to achieve an image that represents the Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Of special importance is our respect for those Chief Petty Officers who have served before us, and the Chief's important role in honoring our service's history.
Additional images are also available for Senior Chief and Master Chief Petty Officer ranks by e-mailing the Academy staff using the link below.
Finally, the Chief Petty Officer Academy wishes to recognize CWO Guy Cashman, USCG for his establishment of the initial Academy website in 1997 and its emphasis on Chief Petty Officer history. We also wish to thank Gary Hegenbart, Training Center Petaluma's webmaster, for his patience and education in assisting the Academy staff during the 2000 modernization.