The Midway Museum has reached another milestone. For the first time ever in San Diego, the Chief's Legacy Academy was held on the historic ship.
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The weeklong academy is an immersion course in naval history and public service for those selected to be the next generation of leaders in the Navy.
"For them to experience what Chief Petty Officers and sailors experienced on this ship really hit home," said John Minyard, the Command Master Chief for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. One year ago, Minyard brought forward the idea of holding the academy on the ship.
Aside from living on the ship, the 37 chief selectees helped preserve the ship's history by repainting the flight deck and ship numbers.
For Command Master Chief Ted Gallinat, being on the Midway was a homecoming.
"I served on the Midway from 1983 to 1985," he told 10News. "It's overwhelming to be back. There's a flood of memories."
The chief selectees undergo a six-week immersion course in Navy history, culture and pride. They will officially receive their gold anchor pins on Sept. 14.
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