After Captain Kevin Eyer delivered some tough criticism with "Reviving the Chiefs' Mess" in the January Proceedings, readers may have anticipated a rebuttal here. Considering the somewhat biting title and a wardroom byline, that's a reasonable expectation.
Disproving his thesis requires valid counterpoints; sadly, Captain Eyer's article leaves little room for any. In fact, a common response is, "it's about time." This isn't a review of his essay but serves to explain at least one problem at the root of the symptoms he described.
Criticism and counter-arguments about the Mess should be addressed. At the same time, chief petty officers need to honestly examine and discuss our performance. Even if one disagrees with Captain Eyer's assessment, the Mess can always improve.