Wish Chief Petty Officers a Happy 118th Birthday

Received this from Tom Helvig - USS New Jersey


FRA, MCPON West Wish Chief Petty Officers a Happy 118th Birthday


The Navy rate of chief petty officer was established on April 1, 1893, and the Coast Guard followed suit on May 18, 1920. Chiefs from both services are recognized as the hands-on leaders among enlisted personnel. FRA echoes MCPON West's CPO birthday message and proudly salutes all chiefs for their professionalism and leadership.

Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy Rick D. West's CPO Birthday Message


"My fellow chief petty officers,


On April 1st, our entire Mess will pause to celebrate 118 years of the United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and we're not just celebrating another year of chiefs serving the Navy, we're celebrating everything it means to wear the fouled anchors we all cherish.


Those anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life, representing character, loyalty, a strong commitment to leadership, our core values, and Navy ethos. Our anchors carry with them a responsibility to live up to the tradition of selfless service, while remembering our proud heritage that we've spent 118 years building as we look toward our future.


Thank you Chiefs! Through your leadership of our Sailors, you continue to keep our heritage alive and our Navy strong — and as you know our Navy is the best it has ever been. Continue to make a positive impact on your command, your Sailors, yourself and our Mess.


Remember those who have gone before us and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.


Happy birthday Shipmates! I truly appreciate your leadership and the hard work you do every day.


Anchor Up and Hooyah Navy Chiefs!"


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