The Washington Times reports that Sergeant Chesty XIII, the official mascot of the Marine Corps, is scheduled to retire today after his six years of service (that’s 42 dog years of service).
He once caused consternation among Marine wives, however, for snarling and barking at then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s golden retriever, Bravo, during an event honoring the Pentagon chief.
“Chesty was actually promoted after that event. He wasn’t promoted because of it. It was just a coincidence,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter, a Marine Corps spokesman.
However, the incident, which showed his pluck, raised his stature among his fellow “Devil Dogs,” as Marines are known as.
Retired Gen. James N. Mattis once called Sgt. Chesty XIII a “kindred soul.”
His replacement, Private First Class Chesty XIV, has been in training since birth for his position and according to the Times, he just completed boot camp and will be promoted after he assumes his new duties to Lance Corporal.