ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.
As part of their annual holiday visit with Sailors, Stevens and Greenert flew out to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility and hosted all-hands calls aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104), and aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
"It's really great to be out here with our deployed Sailors who are working very hard each and every day," Stevens said. "I know that being away from loved ones is difficult, but for the CNO and I, it's very important that we come out here to hear what's on our Sailors' minds, shake their hands, and wish them a happy Thanksgiving."
MCPON and CNO also put on their gloves and hairnets and served Thanksgiving dinner to Sailors aboard Carl Vinson.
"It really means a lot to have MCPON here, especially when it's on Thanksgiving," said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Sylvia Anguiano, from El Paso, Texas. "It's nice that he's taking time away from his own family to be here with us on deployment."
For the last three years, CNO and MCPON have visited the U.S Navy's Central Command (CENTCOM) during Thanksgiving week to show their support and appreciation to Sailors who aren't able to be with their families during the holiday season.
During MCPON's visit to Carl Vinson he spoke to the Chiefs Mess about what it means to be a chief petty officer.
"I believe that a chief petty officer should be a quiet, humble, servant leader. By quiet, I don't mean not saying anything or not speaking up," said Stevens. "Chief's should be quiet in that they do not talk about themselves, but rather have a great deal of humility for the position they hold."
He also reminded the mess that it is a leader's responsibility to set and maintain the conditions that provide each Sailor with an opportunity to be successful. He said that leaders cannot make a person successful, but must provide them with the opportunity to do so.
During Thanksgiving week the two Navy leaders also visited service members at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Isa Air Base, USS Ponce (AFSB 1-15) and mine countermeasures ship USS Hurricane (MCM 6).