THE ANCHORS OF “THE CHIEF”!
Two tiny little anchors
of bright and shiny gold.
Few know of their significance
or the treasure that they hold.
To civilians, they’re just little pins
to put on Sailors’ collars.
And in boot camp they just signify
the ones who always hollers.
To a Seaman these two anchors
have power and control.
To a Navy Petty Officer
these anchors are a goal.
But ask a Chief who’s been there
what those anchors signify.
And they’ll get a lump swelled in their throat
and a tear will fill their eyes.
These anchors have traditions
and history of beliefs.
They’ve been passed for generations
like a torch amongst the Chiefs.
They signify the people
who has helped with their career?
And the Chiefs who guided them along
and somehow got them here.
They’re a symbol of a brotherhood/sisterhood
a fraternity of pride.
Worn by those who fought for freedom
they shine bright for those who died.
They’re a feeling you get inside
And it’s one we Chiefs have known.
That no matter where you go in life
If a Chiefs there….you are home.
Now these tiny little anchors
worn by Active Chiefs.
And for many Chiefs that has retired
active Chiefs will be left to fill their shoes
So wear these shiny anchors
let your heart fill up with pride.
Earn respect, not for the uniform
but for the Chief, you are inside.
Take good care of the younger Sailors
be a Chief who truly cares.
And someday they will think of you
as the Chief “who got them there”.
And those shiny little anchors
will continue to be passed.
To the many Chiefs who come and go
in the Navy big and vast.
They will shine there on the collars
of the ones with strong beliefs.
That once you pin those anchors on
You will always be…..
4 thoughts on “THE ANCHORS OF “THE CHIEF””
Outstanding Garland! ‘nough said shipmate!
When my son made chief the anchors he wore were the very same ones that were his father’s first anchors.
My first division chief had 2 ships go down in WWII and ended up on Nimitz’s staff for the surrender in Tokyo. Fortunately I was a smart enough Ensign to listen to my Senior Chief and not do anything stupid.
Well written !