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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2014) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visits with Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity Mid-South before speaking at the khaki ball. During his visit, Stevens discssued the enlisted detailing process, toured command spaces, and was the guest speaker at the khaki ball. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Martin L. Carey/Released)

Happy 122nd Birthday Chief Petty Officers!

A message from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy:

Chief Petty Officers,

On April 1st, we will celebrate 122 years of excellence. One thing that CPOs have always excelled at, despite the challenges, is our ability to recognize and implement change. 

If I could coin one word for this year’s birthday theme, it would be ‘progress.’ Our Navy is 239 years old – could you imagine where our Navy would be without progress?

We went from wind-powered sails to coal-powered steam. Now we sail under nuclear power. Our aircraft have gone from propeller power to jet power. We went from CPO Initiation to Transition to Induction and now CPO 365.

Without change, there is no progress. Change is not always easy, but that’s OK, because hard is what we do. 

George Washington once said, “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” 

As CPOs, we have the responsibility to ensure our Navy continues to progress – we owe this to our Nation, our Navy and our people. 

Chiefs, I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of you. I’ve had the opportunity to be a member of our CPO Mess for two decades, and I can tell you today with great confidence that our CPO Mess has never been better. You should feel good about who you are, what you represent, and your ability to lead our Sailors. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 122 years of excellence. 

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