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The story leading up to overkill.
For an enlisted man or woman in the US Navy there are a few days that hold significant meaning to them. For me those days are the day that I graduated boot camp, the day I retired from active duty, and the most significant was the day that I was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer. Being a Chief is not merely another advancement, but rather the acceptance of all other Chief Petty Officers as a member of their brother/sisterhood of men and women who can accomplish anything. In any command, the Chief’s Mess, as it is called, has a member that has been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt. If you don’t have the answer or solution to a question or problem, someone else has and all you need to do is ask for help. The events that occurred the year I made Chief are different from the events that take place today: political correctness and progression of time have caused certain aspects to become a part of Naval Heritage. Some things belong in the past, but there were some things that I had to endure that taught me very valuable lessons. I am proud of the fact that I was and always will be a Chief.
The day I was selected to the rank of Chief, my “I love me wall” (the place where I hung all my awards or commemorative mementoes) became an “I love me room.” One of the items in my room is my hat box.
The instructions given were to construct a vessel that will contain the combination cover the day of the pinning ceremony when you first wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer. The instructions were to make this box out of 6 sides measuring 13 inches square and 7 inches tall with a window in the front. These instructions were fine for everyone else, but not for me: I made mine more of a display case.
Red oak stained walnut. The dimensions are as instructed, but the top also had a pane of glass. Both the top and front are picture framed to add a “touch.” The inside is lined with navy blue silk that is embroidered on the back panel.
Others were satisfied with just following the instructions; I always went a little bit further. The results are a display case for a symbol that represents a Chief, and I am proud of it. Thanks for looking.
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.