Sailors Leave Mark of Navy Pride on Afghanistan
Chief Logistics Specialist Kevin Waldron, a U.S. Navy reservist, a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer working for Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), and Chief Logistics Specialist Charles "Chuck" Andreou, pose near their U.S. Navy anchor on the side of a mountain overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan, August 10, 2018. (NATO Photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Felix A. Figueroa)
23 Aug 2018
By: Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan - Since 1893, Chief Petty Officers have steered the U.S. Navy; maintaining standards among crew members and guiding officers through the intricacies of decision-making, processes, and naval protocol. These one hundred twenty-five years of service distinguish chief petty officers as "the backbone of the Navy."
During an advising mission in Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers built a large anchor out of painted stones on the side of a hill overlooking the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) School Of Excellence, where Afghanistan’s elite Commando recruits train.
"My first time to Camp Morehead, I saw the Russian Spetsnaz paratrooper rock display from when they were here, on the side of the hills overlooking Camp Commando and ANASOC's Schools of Excellence (SOE). I thought, how cool,” said U.S. Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Kevin Waldron. "One day, if I ever got the opportunity to come back through, I'd thought I’d like to gather up a few Navy Chiefs and leave our mark too, in an effort to boost Navy pride and camaraderie."
The Chief Petty Officers routinely visit the camp to perform logistics inventory and wanted to bolster the pride of deployed Sailors and inspire future generations of sailors who may follow them to Afghanistan.
"Afghanistan has a lot of history, and wherever you look, you’ll see historical remnants belonging to those who came through,” said U.S. Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Charles "Chuck" Andreou, U.S. Navy reservist and Ministry of Interior advisor. "When Navy personnel fly over or visit here, I want them to know we were here, too.”
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.