Vinson Leaders Selected for Command Master Chief Program

Story Number: NNS090220-20Release Date: 2/20/2009 1:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristan Robertson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) master chiefs were selected for the Navy's Command Master Chief (CMC) program Feb. 6.

Master Chief Culinary Specialist (AW/SW) Pedro Padilla and Master Chief Quartermaster (SW) Herbert Kelton were selected after applying to the program the first time.

Padilla has been aboard Carl Vinson since April of 2008, and has led S-2, S-5 and S-10 divisions of the Carl Vinson's Supply Department, providing more than 2,800 Sailors with daily food services.

"It's always been a progressive goal of mine," said Padilla. "The key is to not get complacent, don't accept the status quo and always push to do better."
As for aspirations in the new position, Padilla said he plans to properly train his relief and never forget to be an advocate for Sailors on the deckplates.

"No matter what issue arises, I aim to provide the best possible advice and relay the issues to the leadership. I find it important to ensure Sailors under your charge are pushed to succeed, no matter if they stay in the Navy or get out, to make them better than what they were when they came in."

Kelton reported aboard Carl Vinson Nov. 24, 2008 to serve as leading chief petty officer for Carl Vinson's Navigation Department, working hard on updating charts for the safe navigation of the ship, inter-rate training, and grooming spaces.

Kelton joined the Navy in October 1982.

"I contribute my success to mentoring from chief petty officers and the officer community, my family and to God be the glory," said Kelton. "I made a promise that if I was to make it to a position where I can make change, I would do just that, and I will continue to strive for that while on board here.

"I want to be able to influence through my own trials and do whatever is right to give the proper tools to Sailors and help them get to where I am," said Kelton.

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