NEWS | Aug. 30, 2016

Series: Definition of Navy Chief

By GMGC (sel) Joseph Blacka 628th Security Forces Squadron

Editorial note: This is the first of several commentaries from Sailors addressing what it means to be a Navy Chief. These brief articles will run through the month of September and will culminate with the Navy Chief's pinning ceremony September 16, 2016.

My definition of a Navy Chief is a tried and true leader, training Sailors in their ratings while guiding and training junior officers into our future leaders.  When confronted with a challenge, the age-old catchphrase in and around  the Navy is, "Ask the Chief."  Chief Petty Officers are expected to be technical and practical experts providing solutions to both officer and enlisted personnel. The Chief's expertise is a vital part of the U.S. Navy's successful daily operations and mission accomplishment. 

A Navy Chief, the backbone of  senior enlisted leadership, is a humble professional, who  works as an advocate for their Sailors' best interests.  The Navy Chief removes barriers and handles  adversity to allow Sailors to do their jobs to the best of their abilities while demonstrating the humility to take a back seat when a good job is rewarded. Being the Chief, you are the example of the Navy core values, Honor, Courage, and Commitment.  Having honor and doing the right thing even when it's not popular; the courage to stand up for what you or your Sailors believe is right; and the commitment, staying the course no matter what heavy seas or rough waters lie ahead.