We were in Key West back in ’89 or ’90 and were about to head home after a couple of weeks of air combat training. We were the last 2 jets to head north back to Oceana when the brief was interrupted by the Squadron Duty Officer sticking his head in the briefing room with eyes the size of saucers and said “Mr Roach? There’s somebody here to see you,” addressing Randy “Cock” Roach. Cock had started up a letter correspondence with Jimmy Buffet (in those days well before email and social media) and had invited Jimmy to stop by the squadron when we were there. Sure enough, Jimmy Buffet came in with a buddy of his and we all had a good chat for 15 or so minutes before we had to get back to the task at hand. He later bagged a ride in the back of a Tomcat with another squadron, but it was indeed cool meeting him.
Edited to add: there’s really no question why Jimmy Buffet is such a big fan of the Navy. After all, he was the son of a son of a sailor!
SECNAV Richard V. Spencer showed it’s indeed always 5 O’clock somewhere, honoring singer Jimmy Buffett with the Navy’s top civilian award.