Delbert D. Black (1922 2000) was a senior sailor in the United States Navy who served as the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy from January 1967 to April 1971.

In January 1967, the Secretary of the Navy announced the appointment of Master Chief Gunner's Mate (GMCM) Black as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor, the position that would evolve into Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. As such, he was the highest ranked enlisted man in the United States Navy, serving as the enlisted representative to the Chief of Naval Operations. His function was to counsel the highest ranks of the Navy on issues associated with enlisted guidance, leadership, and policy. Black was the first enlisted man to write a foreword for the U.S. Navy's Bluejacket's Manual.








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