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US Naval Forces Central Command Master Chief Visits USS Higgins 

130524-N-UP025-006 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (May 21, 2013) U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Master Chief James E. presents Hospital Corpsman Benjiman Glenn with his personal coin during his visit to guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76). During his visit, he met with the Chief's Mess to discuss pertinent issues facing the Navy and individual Sailors to commend them for their contributions to the ship's mission. Higgins is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo released by Cryptologic Technician-Technical Chief Petty Officer Richard Corbett/ Released)
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Master Chief Visits Higgins 
By Ensign Kara Lynn Yingling  
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) hosted U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Master Chief James E. DeLozier, May 21.

During the visit, DeLozier spent his time talking with Sailors about their experiences aboard and asking what he could do to help. He also met with the ship’s chief’s mess to discuss current personnel issues in the Navy.

DeLozier’s commended several Sailors, including Hospitalman Benjiman Glenn, for the hard work they have accomplished while in the U.S. 5TH Fleet area of responsibility. For Glenn, DeLozier’s personal interaction came as a surprise.

“I was surprised that I was mentioned to him,” Glenn said. “I have only been on the ship for three weeks and he noticed me for doing a good job.”

DeLozier discussed with Glenn his plans for the future with regard to attaining his qualifications, attending college and applying for special programs.

Higgins’ Command Master Chief Roberto Ortega said he was happy to host DeLozier and have him talk to the ship’s chiefs.

“We had an opportunity to talk about the way ahead with the chief’s mess working together to put a stop to sexual assault in our Navy,” said Ortega. “We also discussed the Perform to Serve program and how it has affected our Sailors.”

DeLozier closed his visit by presenting several Sailors with his personal coin for the contributions they have made to the ship and its mission.

Higgins is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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