As a boy attending public schools in Desoto County, Chip worked nights and weekends for a carpet cleaning and restoration company. When he graduated, he went into the United States Navy. Upon graduation from bootcamp, he volunteered for submarine duty and after attending various training schools he was assigned to the USS Permit/SSN-594. He spent the next four years on this nuclear-powered, fast attack submarine doing patrols in the northern Pacific Ocean in support of the Cold War effort under Presidents Reagan and Bush. He was awarded numerous letters of commendation and medals during this tense time in our nation’s history. He left the navy in 1990 at the rank of Machinist Mate 1st Class(E-6).