Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens delivers remarks during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony. 
120928-N-KV696-047 WASHINGTON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens delivers remarks during the MCPON Change of Office ceremony at the Sail Loft at the Washington Navy Yard. Stevens replaced retired MCPON Rick D. West as the 13th MCPON, and was selected while serving as the U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona Miller/Released)
MCPON Sends 237th Navy Birthday Message 
WASHINGTON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens sends his 237th Navy Birthday Message to the fleet Oct. 9.

"Shipmates and Navy families,

As we honor the 237th birthday of the United States Navy, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all Sailors, civilians and family members for your service and dedication to our great Navy.

One of the primary reasons I believe our Navy is so great is because of the way we treat each other with decency and respect and how we conduct ourselves professionally. This is something that we should all actively strive to do every day. It adds value, influences those around us in a positive way, and is truly important to our primary mission of warfighting.

I personally look to our history as a roadmap and a guide to help us stay the course and aid us in navigating through the challenges we face today. It is these challenges that create the opportunities that allow us to grow as Sailors, citizens and leaders. The Navy's birthday gives us a chance to think about the things that we are doing today and how we are creating history from which future generations can draw courage. In everything that we do, we need to provide future generations something to be proud of and celebrate. This is our time and we are part of a new history. We must seize the day, because if we don't, who will?

To all of our Sailors and Navy families, I would like to wish you a very happy birthday as we celebrate 237 years of excellence and service to our great Navy.

All the Best!
Very Respectfully,
MCPON"
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