USS Ronald Reagan CMC Passes the Baton

Story Number: NNS040504-09Release Date: 5/4/2004 12:51:00 PM
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From USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) garnered another first during the command master chief change-of-office ceremony held aboard the ship April 14.

Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Bob Conklin was relieved by Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Kathy Hansen during an all hands ceremony in hangar bay two.

Conklin, a native of Paterson, N.J., was the first Command Master Chief for Ronald Reagan. After more than 30 years of service, Conklin is transferring to the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet and will retire later this year.

Hansen, a native of Midland, Mi., assumed the position of senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officer just in time to prepare the crew for the ship's homeport change, slated for late May.

"I'm proud to be the command master chief of this great ship named after a great leader," said Hansen. "A ship is nothing without the people, and as a chief petty officer, my job is taking care of people. The Navy has given me so much over the years, I can only hope to give the Ronald Reagan crew a small part of what has been given so freely to me."

After nearly 25 years of service, Hansen has served on five ships. Most recently, she served as the command master chief aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), where she deployed twice in two years for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Under her tenure, Pearl Harbor won the Battle "E" in 2003.

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