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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens answers a question during an all-hands call in The Island Club at Naval Air Station North Island, Dec. 14, 2012. The visit was part of MCPON's first trip to San Diego as MCPON. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Released)
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens answers a question during an all-hands call in The Island Club at Naval Air Station North Island, Dec. 14, 2012. The visit was part of MCPON's first trip to San Diego as MCPON. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Released)

A Message from the MCPON

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens answers a question during an all-hands call in The Island Club at Naval Air Station North Island, Dec. 14, 2012. The visit was part of MCPON's first trip to San Diego as MCPON. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Released)
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens answers a question during an all-hands call in The Island Club at Naval Air Station North Island, Dec. 14, 2012. The visit was part of MCPON’s first trip to San Diego as MCPON. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Released)

 

Shipmates,

I’m excited to have this opportunity with the Navy Live blog and this Thursday’s Facebook chat at 5 p.m. EDT to communicate with you about my “Zeroing in on Excellence” initiative, CPO 365, tuition assistance and our culture of fitness.

In today’s world of advanced technology, we can communicate through various means such as emailing, texting, tweeting, posting on social media sites, and blogging – just to name a few. While all of these are viable tools that I will use to help leverage my communication with you, your families and the American public, nothing can beat face-to-face communication. Unfortunately, I cannot be all places at all times.

It’s easy to send an email when communicating with a group, but routine, daily, face-to-face interaction during quarters for muster, instruction and inspection or personal/professional development training is a vital part of mentoring and developing Sailors into bold, accountable and confident leaders. This personal interaction allows for leadership by example, builds group morale and cohesion, and more importantly, it builds trust. We need to have trust and confidence in each other in order to successfully carry out our missions and effectively support Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions and tenets of  Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready.

We are living in exciting times with unique challenges, but we should be confident knowing that we have the right leaders in the right place at the right time.

By-and-large we are doing great things in our Navy, but we should always look for ways to improve and keep our Navy as the world’s preeminent maritime force.

Shipmates, thank you for all that you do every day. Continue to work hard, stay out of trouble and be good and decent people. I’ll be seeing you all face-to-face in the fleet soon.

Very respectfully,

MCPON Michael Stevens
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

 

 

 

 

 

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