Chief Petty Officer

Navy Retirement Ceremony of 
Chief Fire Controlman 
(Surface Warfare) 
Dennis A. Fain, USN
December 7, 2000

Me, Chief Fain, soon to be Mr. Fain... Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist
Master Training Specialist

The official party: LCDR Colton, CAPT Bertsch, FCC(SW) FainLCDR Colton presents the Fleet Reserve CertificateMy shadowbox, containing my retirement flag, medals and awards, list of assignments and other mementos.Chief Fain's Family
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Flag of the United States of AmericaFlag of the U.S. NavyRemember our POW's and MIA's.  

Welcome to my Navy retirement ceremony photo gallery.  Retiring from the United States Navy after 20 years of service was a truly momentous and emotional event for me, and I want to share it with everyone.  Invited guests, friends and family  that were not able to attend have a chance to see what they missed, so they won't have missed out completely.  (Dad, I wish you could have been there!)

Photo from the Passing-of-the-flag ceremony: SSgt DeGrasse holds the retirement flag.Photo from the Passing-of-the-flag ceremony: FC1 Richburg receives the flag from EW2 Pfingsten.Photo from the Passing-of-the-flag ceremony: Chief Fain receives the flag from Chief Barks.Photo from the Passing-of-the-flag ceremony: Chief Fain presents his retirement flag to his wife, Gladys.
I've also included several video clips for parts of the ceremony that I hope you'll enjoy.  Be sure to watch the video of my passing- of- the- flag ceremony, (pictured above)  that still chokes me up when I watch it.  If you missed the ceremony, you should start at the beginning of the gallery and follow the sequence of the ceremony.  The entry button is at the bottom of this page.  Thanks for stopping by!

- Dennis

 Freedom is not free... Thank a veteran! December 7, 2000 was Pearl Harbor Day, the 59th anniversary.  Part of my ceremony was set aside to pay tribute to the veterans that never had the chance to see retirement, because they paid the ultimate price for their country.   Freedom is not free!  A special thanks goes out to the Pearl Harbor Survivors that attended my retirement, pictured below.  Everyone was honored by their presence.

Special Guest Speaker: BMC John Delia, USN(Ret)

BMC John Delia, USN(Ret)

Special Guest Speaker: MSgt Albert Omahen, USMC(Ret).

MSgt Albert Omahen, USMC(Ret)

100th Aniversary of the Chief Petty Officer community.     

Navy Chiefs, Navy Pride.

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