Happy 123rd Birthday Chiefs!

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From Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — A message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

Chief Petty Officers,

As I reflect back on my service as a Chief Petty Officer, I am reminded of the exceptional leadership you have demonstrated time and time again. Together we have witnessed many changes ranging from the total integration of the force, to CPO 365.

These changes, and many more, were done in an effort to ensure we provide everyone with a fair and equal opportunity to be successful, and to better enhance our naval force as a whole.

Although change comes with a level of uncertainty, it is necessary in order to remain relevant. Chief Petty Officers have embraced and owned these changes, ensuring our Sailors are led with the highest level of excellence.

As we celebrate 123 years of the Chief Petty Officer, it is not lost upon me the endless sacrifices you and your families make every day in leading, mentoring, and training Sailors under your charge.

I once read that legacy is the lantern that lights the path for others to follow, and I have no doubt that the path you lit will shine brightly for generations to come.

Very respectfully,

MIKE STEVENS

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