WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Navy Reserve announced the name of the next Navy Reserve Force Master Chief, March 26.
Command Master Chief Clarence "CJ" Mitchell will relieve Force Master Chief Chris Wheeler in October 2013.
"Master Chief Mitchell is a tremendous leader whose diverse operational and staff assignments make him uniquely qualified to serve as the Navy Reserve's next force master chief," said Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Chief of Navy Reserve. "A dynamic and inspirational leader, he'll be an outstanding advocate for our Sailors and their families."
As Force Master Chief, Mitchell plans to focus on continuing the Navy Reserve's culture of readiness.
"The office has a legacy of advocacy for Reserve Component Sailors and their families. I'm excited and eager to continue that legacy," said Mitchell. "I plan to focus on continuing our culture of readiness with flexibility, providing the Navy valued capabilities, and caring for our most valuable resource, our Sailors."
Mitchell currently serves as the command master chief for Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mitchell attended the College of Wooster and enlisted in the Navy Reserve in May 1989.
The Navy Reserve Force Master Chief is responsible for advising the Chief of Navy Reserve on matters affecting the morale, retention, Sailor development, and general well-being of over 53,000 enlisted personnel of the Navy Reserve. The Force Master Chief is also charged with ensuring active communications throughout the force, instilling a sense of heritage, and actively promoting Navy core values to all Sailors.
Mitchell will be the 15th Navy Reserve Force Master Chief. The mission of the Navy Reserve is to deliver strategic depth and operational capability to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Forces.
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