Navy Chiefs

Navy Chiefs

One day, a Navy Chief went to the Officer's Club with his Captain to eat lunch. When they entered the main dining room, they found the place was quite crowded. They did notice three Lieutenants sitting at a table with two empty chairs, so the Captain asked them if they could join them.They promptly invited them to join them. They ordered lunch and joined them in conversation as they ate. At one point, the Chief mentioned that he had observed characteristics about many officers from which he could determine the source of their commissioning. The Lieutenants were eager to hear about this and asked if he could tell how each of them had been commissioned.The Chief turned to the Lieutenant on his left and said
he went through ROTC. The Lieutenant confirmed that was correct and asked
how he had noted this. The Chief replied that the Lieutenant, through his conversation, seemed to have a strong academic background but limited military experience.The Chief then told the Lieutenant on his right that he had gone through OCS with previous enlisted service. The Lieutenant confirmed that this was correct and also asked how he had determined this. The Chief said, again through his conversation, that the Lieutenant seemed to have a firm military background and a lot of common sense.The Lieutenant across the table from the Chief asked if he had determined his source of commission. The
Chief replied that the Lieutenant had graduated from the United States Naval Acade!
my. The Lieutenant stated that was correct and asked if he had noticed his high level of intelligence, precise military bearing, or other superior qualities acquired at the United States Naval Academy.The Chief replied that it was none of these that led to his determination. He had simply observed the Lieutenant's class ring while he was picking his nose.You can't take Navy Chiefs any where.

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3 years 30 weeks ago, 9:43 PM

greg az

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Don't know if it's quite the same now as durring the dynasour era of my service.. I had a number of old Chiefs who were in past 20 and had seen WWII.. Guys they are everything that you think they are.. Most (least then, and guessing still pretty accurate) would buckle for thier dust in a heart beat..

The E-7 above has obviously 16 years of service (4 each) and is Chief.. an E-8 has a star above the eagle thats a Senior Chief.. an E-9 has two stars and is a Master Chief..

The Top of the group is a command senior master and the center insignia which shows "field" is replaced with a star..

The gold stripes and rating shows hes had consecutive good conduct medals.. One of the things you looked for was an old chief with a number of "RED" stripes and rank.. This showed you were going to have the time of your life when you went on liberty with him.. and probably wind up with a black eye and a hangover..

Sam.. Prayers going up for that Marine post as well.. God bless, and keep them all..

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2 years 13 weeks ago, 8:22 AM

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My Uncle

Gene was Master Chief of the Pacific Fleet, served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. I've got much respect for people who get to that position.

2 years 13 weeks ago, 2:19 PM

greg az

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Uncle Gene..

Command Master Chiefs.. thats as far as you go.. Their is an E-10 slot.. thats (navy parlance) the Master Chief of the Navy.. Don't know if that extends to the Master Chief of the Pacific or not.. Wouldn't surprise me if it did.. CINCPAC, and CINCLANT those are the two main divisions of the Navy.. both have two to three "fleets" under them.. For example when we deployed to SE Asia in 67 we went from CINCLANT (commander and chief Atlantic) to C...PAC for Pacific..

Course the average enlisted..Or for that matter commissioned Officer never has dealings with anyone in that levil of command.. I will say that all military bases have "command pictures" on the wall in common areas.. This is the full chain of command from CIC (POTUS) Sec of Defense, which ever (pac/lant) your in, the fleet (we were assigned to the 7th fleet in the S Pacific) then the individual command pictures of Capt. XO, and in my case Sqd CPO..

Bottom line is Matts uncle had some serious "juice"..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
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