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Ask the Chief: Backbone of the Navy Hardcover – May, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591144604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591144601
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. F. Leahy, a Navy veteran and university professor, is the author of Honor, Courage, Commitment and coauthor of the forthcoming Chief Petty Officer's Manual.

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J.F. (Jack) Leahy is a noted writer on naval topics, and is author of Honor, Courage, Commitment - Navy Boot Camp; (Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2002); Ask The Chief - Backbone of the Navy, (Naval Institute Press, 2004) and co-author, with former Master Chief Petty of the Navy John Hagan, of The Chief Petty Officer's Guide. (Naval Institute Press, 2004), and Come From Away: The Plot to Assassinate Churchill -1941,(Naval Writers Group), his first work of fiction. He also edited and mentored the author of Lost at Sea-An Enlisted Woman's Journey (with Rebecca Anne Freeman). A former Navy radioman, his active duty included a combat tour with Mobile Construction Battalion One at Phu Bai and Da Nang Vietnam in 1969-70. After completing his graduate education, he spent over thirty years in the intelligence community and telecommunications industry. In 2001 he became a professor of business in the Ross School of Leadership and Management at Franklin University, and in 2006 was named Associate Vice President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit us at www.navalwritersgroup.us.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Roberts on April 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Ask The Chief: Backbone of the Navy" is a book by J. F. Leahy that tries to answer the question, "What is a Chief Petty Officer?" Instead of trying to answer the question himself, the author wisely lets the Chiefs speak for themselves. In 14 chapters, Leahy gives us an overview of the Chief Petty Officer continuum, from the newest initiates to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, the Navy's senior enlisted advisor who reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Mr. Leahy spent time aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) and the Guided missile Cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60), and interacted closely with the Chief's Mess on both ships. He works from first principles (Leadership, Development, Communication & Support) and proceeds through the real meat-and-potatoes of just what it is Chiefs do in the Navy each day. I've learned a lot from this book, and would unhesitatingly recommend it for anyone who aspires to "Be the Chief".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guy C. Rowland on January 22, 2007
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I retired as a senior chief with 27 years in the U.S. Navy in 1987. This book hits the nail on the head. Chiefs have always made things happen and run the daily operations with great success. It is true that officers who suceed in their careers will tell you of "the chief" who took them under their wing and put them on the right track. If you are lucky enough to know one, ask the chief.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LiteBlue Gator on January 31, 2011
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Any man or woman who may be asked what they have done worthwhile in their life can with the utmost pride state" I served as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.

I retired as a Independent Duty Corpsman & Senior Chief Petty Officer from the United States Navy and as far as I am concerned this elite organization gave me the tools to remain a star perfomer (no pun intended) for life.

As the challenge coin in my pocket reminds me, and illustrates to challengers "no man is more professional than I. I am a chief petty officer, a leader of men. As a chief petty officer I realize that I am a member of an elite group which is known as the backbone of the Navy. I will not forget nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professional chief petty officers and leaders of people."

This book is a "must have" for everyone who has been initiated to or aspires to be a Chief, Senior, or Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy. The interviews are dynamic with CPO's delivering informative interviews about past, present, and future culture in the greatest maritime force on the planet.

The CPO Mess is truly "a fratenity that is different in substance and appearance in comparison to all other services." I would have to agree as pointed out in this great hardcover book that leadership, development, communication and support are the four critical elements to CPO group dynamics and cohesion.

The role of a CPO doesn't end at retirement. It is much needed, and must be continued, and tailored to life in the civilian community and workforce labor unions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ETC on May 30, 2012
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A must read for all Chiefs and those who want to be one. This book has many interviews that are very good accounts of various situations given by real Chiefs, what they did and felt. From the moment of being selected, up to CMC and the MCPON, gives you the embodiment of what a Chief has been and will continue to be. ETC Jim Pace, USN (Ret)
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I'm so glad I got this book as a surprise. He laughed and shared so much of the book and then so many personal remembrances with me. Once a Chief always a Chief.
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