By Journalist 2nd Class Devin Wright, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) — Navy Chief Petty Officers aboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) donated more than $1,000 to the USS Missouri Memorial Association April 15. The purpose of the donation is to help fund the Chief Petty Officers Legacy Center, currently being designed and developed at the memorial. The center will give visitors an opportunity to walk through the history of chief petty officers.

The Chief Petty Officers Legacy Center is scheduled to be completed later this year.

“The focus of the new center is to show visitors that the chief petty officer is the backbone of the Navy,” said retired Navy Captain Donald Hess, chief operating officer and president of USS Missouri Memorial Association. “In many ways, Navy Chief Petty Officers make our ships go, and we want to make sure that people understand that. This center is our accolade to the chief petty officer and a way of saying ‘you’re the ones that make it happen.”

The Frank Cable chiefs raised the money by holding raffles and selling t-shirts. They also donated a memorial plaque to be displayed at the center.

“This center is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the chief community,” said Chief Interior Communications Electrician (SW) Barry Muller, assigned to the Frank Cable. “To my knowledge, this is the first time Frank Cable has visited Hawaii, and we thought it would be a nice gesture to make a donation to a project we believe in.”