The most important function of a chief is taking care of our enlisted personnel (groom them for career success), our junior officers (prepare them to lead enlisted personnel), and our senior officers (provide counsel). What I want to make clear is that this applies not only to the expertise you have within your rate, but also within your rating. I need you to build not only great Sailors, both officer and enlisted, but also great warfighters.
As members of the Mess, we owe our Sailors and the Navy Reserve nothing less than excellence in leadership and mission expertise. One team, serving others, leading the way. The Mess is not who you are or the insignia that you wear, it’s about what you do, the actions you take every day, to make our Navy the best Navy the world has ever known.
Lastly, after 30 years of service, if you only take one key lesson-learned from me, here it is. Without an effective Chiefs Mess, a command cannot succeed. With an effective Chiefs Mess, a command cannot fail.
Happy Birthday my fellow Chiefs! Hooyah!
Master Chief Petty Officer (FMF/SW) Chris Kotz
Force Master Chief
Commander, Navy Reserve Force
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