Happy birthday, chiefs!

Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Covington, command master chief of U.S. Fifth Fleet, kicks off the Southwest Asia Chief Petty Officer Association picnic. (Photo by MC2 Class Jason T. Poplin)

Maybe he made you scrub the deck for no apparent reason. Maybe he has a permanent scowl on his face. But it’s the chief’s 117th birthday, so wish him well!

Did you know that some of the first chiefs made only $70 per month? Or that there were more than 200 chief ratings after World War II?

If you want to hone your goat locker knowledge, here is a good site. And here is another.

Again, happy birthday chiefs! Just don’t eat too much cake — PRTs are just around the corner.


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A Navy brat who spent eight years in the Marines (two years aboard the carrier Independence). Worked in journalism in Eastern North Carolina through the latter part of the 90s, then became editor of Air Force Times in 2000. Stayed there five years, then took a break to finish some school. Now back in the game with Navy Times.

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