NORFOLK, Va. — After a long day of work on the ship, there is nothing that Navy Chief Petty Officer Roy Lopez enjoys more than shedding his Chief uniform, throwing on a matching Chief t-shirt and mesh shorts, then hopping into his Chief sticker-covered Ford F-150 truck to go and do Chief things, sources confirmed this morning. “What can I say? I’m proud to be a Chief,” says Lopez, whose arms are covered with Chief anchor tattoos. In 2004, Lopez put on the rank of Chief, or E-7 in the Navy, and has never been seen in public since then without wearing something that doesn’t declare his rank or his membership in the “Goat Locker.” “We got married in 2005, and he had an anchor sewn onto the back of his tuxedo jacket,” his wife Caroline told reporters, before turning to lift up the back of her shirt to display a large tattoo in Gothic script that reads “CPO wife.” “He made me get this on our honeymoon,” she added. Lopez, who asks only to be addressed as “Chief” in conversation, may need to reconsider his wardrobe and entire personal identity, however. He has recently come under investigation for hazing charges, and depending upon the outcome of the case, could face demotion to the pay-grade of E-6. Asked about the prospect of losing his rank, Lopez does not seem to understand the concept of being anything other than a Chief. “I’m a Chief,” he says. SEE ALSO: Navy Chief Indoctrination Culminates In Human Sacrifice » Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/C3PGb Daniel Streckfuss says: July 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM LOL! Hammer to the nail… Stephen Alberts says: July 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM “Asked about the prospect of losing his rank, Lopez does not seem to understand the concept of being anything other than a Chief.” The author obviously doesn’t know that it takes an act of Congress to be promoted to CPO and it takes another act of Congress to bust one only after an offense that would result in a court marshal. Anonymous says: July 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM I wear my Retired Chief ballcap once a year, on Veterans Day, for the parade. The rest of the time, it´s collecting dust, like the awards in the closet. Travis Light says: July 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM I was behind a Subaru in a drive thru once that had stickers to the left and right of their rear license plate for all their awards and unit citations. In order of precedence, obviously. I’m sure it made the panties drop as much as his Tap-Out shirt Solomon Dogley says: July 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM RE: she displayed a large tattoo in Gothic script that reads “CPO wife. “He made me get this on our honeymoon,” she added. At least they had a honeymoon. As soon as our wedding was over, my new Husband the Chief was back on the fricking submarine. Scott Brauer says: July 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM I was command First Class on my last ship…… Chuck Stoddard says: July 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM Duffelblog finally writes something that isn’t satire. Dave Herrington says: July 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM When I first read it, I saw it as “she lifted up her skirt” instead of “her shirt” but it didn’t seem odd even then. I wonder if anyone else made that mistake and if so, what that says about CPO’s wives reputation? Donna Prevatte says: July 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM I have retired and I continue to wear my Chief shirts with honor. It is a honor that no one can describe unless you have experienced it. Rick Bailey says: July 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM Amazing! The Daily Beast reported a while back that the term “Chief” is being replaced in DoD due to it’s derogatory connotation towards American Indians. The top three will now collectively be called foreskins. The penis could not be reached for comment. Paul Heimbach says: July 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM this would be funny, if it werent so true. see lots of chiefs like this Rick Ellington says: July 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this was written by someone that retired as a First Class… (Doggone it, my Po City “Oh, Lord It’s Hard to be Humble” CPO tee-shirt is getting a little ragged.) Chuck Berlemann says: July 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM I was initiated in the mid 70s when the initiation process was a little more exciting than it has become in today’s Navy. They still did it by increments rather than frocking, so there were only three of us being initiated that day and we all got the full treatment. The other two guys were scared to death. A wise old E-8 AB who had mentored me for several years kept telling me, “Chuck they can bruise you, but they can’t eat you”. So I had a great time while the other two could best be described as survivors by the end of the day. Today I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I retired as a W-3, but in those years, only CPOs could apply for the Warrant program, so I remain proud of those roots. Quincy Prather says: July 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM WTF?! Mark Di Domenico says: July 13, 2014 at 7:59 AM I had a buddy on the Iwo. He wasn’t like this, but his wife was! Dion PrimeTime MysterEdon says: July 13, 2014 at 7:59 AM In a related story, a newly promoted corporal continues to wear his “Corporal of Marines” skivvy shirt past the completion of corporal’s course. Kenneth Myers says: July 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM HA!!! Ed Perry says: July 13, 2014 at 6:44 AM Sounds just like a few I know.