PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS America's Command Master Chief (CMC) Kenneth Robertson invited all junior Sailors to a "CMC all hands call" Feb. 9 to talk about America's current state of affairs and offer Sailors the opportunity to address concerns.
The CMC all hands calls are held quarterly and allow Sailors to communicate with the Command Master Chief about subjects such as moral, upcoming events, goals for the command and preparing the ship's upcoming maiden deployment.
"The CMC all hands call is very effective," said Aviation Boatwain's Mate Airman Devon Kennedy. "He puts out information for any significant upcoming events and genuinely listens to our questions and gives us well thought out answers."
For many of the junior Sailors, it is an opportunity to speak with the senior enlisted leader of America and allow him to answer questions candidly in an open forum.
"I am the advocate for the junior Sailors", said Robertson. "This is to put the word out from me to them and for the junior Sailors to ask me any questions. Normally Sailors don't come directly to the CMC, so this is me going directly to the Sailor to see what is on their mind."
During the most recent CMC all hands call, Command Master Chief Robertson spoke about expectations for America's first deployment, what Sailors can do to prepare their families for the time apart and even about leadership.
After he spoke about current topics effecting America, he then answered questions from the junior Sailors, ranging from underway operations to the schedule in place for deployment.
"This is a perfect instance of leading by example," said Aviation Boatwain's Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class (AW) James Harriman. "This gives everyone a glimpse at the big picture that is coming up in USS America's future."
Command Master Chief Robertson has held many all hands calls in the past and plans on keeping with his efforts to provide information for his Sailors with more events like these in the future.
America is currently underway conducting routine operations in preparation for deployment later this year.
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