MCPON Visits with Surface/Air CMCs
SAN DIEGO – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West met with fleet, force, and command master chief petty officers at Naval Air Station North Island Oct. 22 in conjunction with the Command Caster Chief/Senior Enlisted Leader Symposium.
West discussed Individual Augmentation deployments, Perform-To-Serve, warfare qualifications and chief, senior chief and master chief continuation boards.
“I think rating development is important, but I also think the warfare qualifications are just as important. I see that as a part of a Sailor’s professional development,” said West regarding a discussion about making warfare qualifications mandatory. More than 40 CMCs and SELs attended the conference, asking questions and receiving answers in an open setting. MCPON also gained feedback from the CPOs about Sailors in today’s Navy.
“Being given a chance to be in a cross-section of the different communities, air side, surface side, and even sub side; and then having the MCPON there to answer our big Navy questions, it was a great opportunity for me to grow,” said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Tyron Flynn of USS Antietam (CG-54). “With all the years of experience and leadership in one room, you get to see the different perspectives of major issues and you will always take something away.”