WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy:
Fellow Chief Petty Officers,
On April 1st, the U.S. Navy Chief's mess will celebrate 120 years of the United States Chief Petty Officer. We are not only celebrating another year of chiefs serving the Navy; we are celebrating everything it means to be the Chief.
Our anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life. Since 1893, chiefs have been charged with the responsibility of leading sailors to be the best in the world, ready to carry out our navy's mission when the nation calls.
We welcome that responsibility and lead with honor, courage, and commitment. As chiefs, it's important to remember that we must be "all in," "all the time" because being a chief petty officer is not for the weak of heart or lazy of mind and body.
Happy birthday shipmates! I truly appreciate your leadership and the hard work you do every day.
MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens
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