Thank You Chief

By Vice Adm. Bill Moran 
Chief of Naval Personnel

EVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 14, 2012) Newly-pinned chief petty officers salute during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom at Naval Station Everett. The Naval Station welcomed 24 newly pinned Sailors to the rank of chief petty officer during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen/Released)

EVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 14, 2012) Newly-pinned chief petty officers salute during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom at Naval Station Everett. The Naval Station welcomed 24 newly pinned Sailors to the rank of chief petty officer during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen/Released)

SUFFOLK, Va. (Oct. 22, 2014) Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. William F. “Bill” Moran addresses members of the Leadership Mess Symposium in Suffolk, Va. The annual symposium is an opportunity for senior enlisted leaders to discuss the status of the Navy as well as issues concerning personnel, benefits, and platforms. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

SUFFOLK, Va. (Oct. 22, 2014) Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. William F. “Bill” Moran addresses members of the Leadership Mess Symposium in Suffolk, Va. The annual symposium is an opportunity for senior enlisted leaders to discuss the status of the Navy as well as issues concerning personnel, benefits, and platforms. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

As the conscience of our Navy, Chiefs keep us grounded in our proudest traditions, while always looking for ways to make our service better.

We ask a lot of these men and women… to be watchstanders, deckplate leaders, technical experts, but perhaps most important of their many responsibilities is that of role model and coach to our newest Sailors.

As molders of talent, Chiefs quickly become the first teachers of what’s right and what it means to make a difference. Whether to an Ensign, or an E-3, the direction to “ask the Chief” means problems will soon be solved and the chance to learn has just begun.

Over the last twenty months, our team has benefited greatly from the Chiefs, Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs we have worked with around the Fleet. Never shy and always willing to tell us how we can do better, their thoughtful counsel has shaped our efforts to improve the lives of Sailors and families.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Oct. 31, 2012) Force Master Chief April Beldo and Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Robert Cummings examine a command coin from his collection at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Oct. 31, 2012) Force Master Chief April Beldo and Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Robert Cummings examine a command coin from his collection at Recruit Training Command, the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Liza Swart/Released)

Happy Birthday, Chiefs. You make us who we are, and who we will become. I treasure every opportunity to be around my heroes – the selfless, humble quiet leaders of the Mess. Your professionalism and sacrifice make us the greatest Navy the world has ever known. Thank you for all you do.

CNP

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Thank You Chief