Happy birthday, Navy CPOs

Command Master Chief James Honea, from Naval Support Activity South Potomac, leads a formation of chief petty officers during a celebration of the 121st birthday of the chief petty officer rank on April 1, 2014, at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens was joined by five former MCPONs and Ima Black, the widow of the Navy's first MCPON, Delbert Black, for the celebration.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 4, 2014

U.S. Navy chief petty officers worldwide celebrated the 121st birthday of the chief petty officer rank on Tuesday.

Established in 1893, chiefs are charged with leading sailors and maintaining good order and discipline in the Navy.

According to the CPO creed, the rank carries with it “responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print,” and have no official standing. Chiefs are known for being a fountain of wisdom in the Navy.

“Ask the Chief,” is a common expression sailors use when seeking solutions for tough challenges.


Naples area chief petty officers create an anchor with ''USN'' across it while in formation for morning colors at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, to celebrate the 121st birthday of the Navy chief petty officer April 1, 2014.


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