At Key West I got the ultimate enlisted promotion in the USN, I put on the ‘Hat’. I became a Chief, in particular a Chief Data Processor (DPC). That rating does not even exist today.
The sailors hat, the white hat or the dixie cup.
Becoming a Chief in the Navy is honestly a serious ritual. There is a ‘Chief’s Initiation’. A formality that is NEVER bypassed. Your fellow Chiefs have a good time at your expense.
I learned at that time it took an actual act of Congress to ‘Bust’ (Or demote) a Chief.
The fouled anchor is the mark of a chief.
The chief’s hat dress and work displays the fouled anchor.
It is a funny thing in the Navy, I was never just “Jack” again, and that was hard to get used to. Even my best friends now called me Chief, but I remembered I had done the same. It takes some getting use to.
Life made a circle. I enjoyed very much the job of teaching. I met some good guys headed for the fleet. Our job meant life or death for pilots when we gave them the data for an area they were going to be flying.
My next job had nothing to do with Naval Intelligence or any cloak and dagger stuff, just data processing and printing. We were transferred back to the DC area and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. I had an office that printed reports, directives and the Navy budget. My shop had 36 women civilian employees and about 6 military. We printed two pages a second front and back, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.We also glue bound the outputs as books.
Washington is famous for paper work. Sherry took a job on the same floor as I, and just a few doors down. Many days we had lunch together at the bureau canteen and some days she packed a lunch and we ate on the lawn over looking Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. We saw many Arlington Funerals from our vantage point on the hill overlooking.
I took a part time job at Dart Drug Store in the Lumber department. Yep, it was that big. Son Mark got a job at Dart at a cashier. Son Jack took a job at the Bureau with a cleaning crew. We all worked in DC. The cost of living is pretty high in DC.
Sherry was a secretary and really liked her boss. she was one happy camper.
From this point on the boys will have their own versions of what happened and can pass it on. There will be only one more of this series.
1976 car of the year, Dodge Aspen