NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) welcomed aboard its newest command master chief (CMC) in early August.
Command Master Chief Glenn Mallo joins the "Gold Eagle" as it nears the completion of its first year of its Refuel Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period.
"I'm here to help add 25 years to 90,000 tons of diplomacy," said Mallo. "I'm very excited about our mission."
Mallo spent his first few weeks on the ship learning about the ship's various programs. He said he was pleasantly surprised that many of the ideas he had planned to implement were already in place.
"I have a two-part mission: first, sustain our programs, and second, gather the information I need in order to improve them," said Mallo. "It's a win-win situation, joining a team with so many wonderful programs already in place. Now we just need to keep up the momentum."
Mallo said he is committed to upholding the standard of "Team Carl Vinson."
"I've seen shipmates looking out for shipmates, and that kind of standard doesn't come overnight," said Mallo. "I am very impressed by Team Carl Vinson."
Mallo said he'll put a lot of focus on advancement. At his previous commands, he helped implement mock advancement exams in order to help Sailors determine the subjects they needed to spend more time studying.
"People learn in different ways. The mock exams help figure out how we can help Sailors advance before the actual exam, instead of waiting for results and the next exam," said Mallo.
Mallo wants to instill a commitment to "applying the basics." His goal is to give back to the Navy, which has given so much to him.
Mallo began his Navy career in 1985, when he enlisted under the Nuclear Propulsion Program. He earned a bachelor's of science degree from the State University of New York. He has been stationed on many ships, including USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). He was also the reactor controls division leading chief petty officer for the pre-commissioning crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Mallo said he wants to encourage Sailors to take ownership of Carl Vinson.
"No one particular job is more important than the other. Whether you're underway or part of the RCOH (refueling complex overhaul) crew, think about what you can do to ensure success," said Mallo.
Mallo also said during the shipyard period, Sailors should take advantage of the many opportunities available, specifically the chance to take college courses and work towards a degree.
"Our Pace program is going great and is an awesome way to continue or start Sailors' education while in dry dock," he said.
One of Mallo's personal goals is to be part of helping the Vinson team through this shipyard period and helping prepare the ship for her return to the fleet.
"Our pace is good, and I'd like to see the Vinson finish its yard period ahead of schedule," Mallo said.
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