Saturday, March 9, 2013
Last Month of Year of the Chief Petty Officer
These are the last few days of the Year of the Chief. 1 April 2013 will mark the 120th Anniversary of the Chief Petty Officer. By any measure, the past year has not been the best one for our Navy Chief Petty Officers. Having been raised by Chiefs since first joining the Navy on 14 July 1975 and enjoying their support for 30 years, I can understand their trepidation over the changes involved with embracing CPO 365. Back in 2007, I enjoined our Navy Chiefs to "Anchor Up, Chiefs ! Reset The Mess" HERE. MCPONs Campa and West adopted my anthem and MCPON Stevens continues with "ZEROING IN ON EXCELLENCE", which the Navy has been championing since the 1980s. We need to keep working together to, again, make "Ask The Chief" the highest form of professional compliment rather than the pejorative it has become alongside "Shipmate".