On August 3rd FCCS(SW) Lon S. Walters retired after 26 years of naval service. The ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri, the Iowa class battleship originally commissioned June 11, 1944.
“Thank you for your outstanding support on my twilight tour.” Said Senior Chief Walters, “I look forward to hearing great things about REUBEN JAMES and all of you individually as you carry on.”
The guest speaker for the ceremony was CDR Daniel Valascho, the Commanding Officer of USS REUBEN JAMES. “Senior Chief Walters did a tremendous job for REUBEN JAMES and 26 years of service to his country is a very impressive feat.”
During the ceremony Senior Chief Walters was presented with a shadow box containing his various personal awards, rank insignias, and an American flag flown on USS REUBEN JAMES, USS MISSOURI, USS CONSTITUTION, and USS CHIEF.
“Senior Chief Walters is an inspiration to (our) Chief’s mess. A true ‘deck plate leader,’ before it became the quote of the day. We are lucky that he is planning on sticking around the area and able to continue to mentor us.” Noted CMDCS Johannes J. Gonzalez, who offered remarks and thanked FCCS Walters for his extraordinary service.
“Senior Walters served 16 years as a Chief Petty Officer, 26 years as a Sailor. He finished his career at sea, where (Chiefs) belong. His mentorship and leadership will be missed, but certainly not forgotten.”