NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The Naval Leadership and Ethics Center (NLEC) commemorated its 200th class of the two-week Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (CMC/COB) course alongside the attending Spouse course in a cake cutting ceremony May 13.
Attending the ceremony were Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes, commander, Navy Personnel Command (NPC); Capt. Peter Mantz, commanding officer, NLEC; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith; Fleet Master Chief Wes Koshoffer, Navy Total Force; Force Master Chief Scott Rossiter, NPC; and Command Master Chief Joseph Fahrney, NLEC.
“Nearly 2,800 senior enlisted leaders who have gone on to support commanding officers and executive officers in the leadership of their organizations have come through the course here at Newport since its inception in January 2004. The numbers of sailors those senior enlisted leaders have impacted would be nearly incalculable, but it is safe to assume that their span of influence has touched the entire Navy,” said Fahrney. “Additionally, it was quickly recognized that these leaders couldn’t do what we were asking of them without the tremendous support of their spouses and families, and to that end came the inception of the CMC/COB Spouse course. At the completion of this course, more than 800 spouses will have graduated the course.”
Initiated under the leadership of MCPON Terry Scott in 2002, the CMC/COB course has grown into a core leadership requirement for prospective command senior enlisted leaders before their first tours as CMC, COB or command senior chief.
In May 2003, the first pilot class was held in Newport, Rhode Island at the Senior Enlisted Academy. As the course content and scope evolved, so did the course’s ownership - ultimately nested with NLEC as an integral part of the prospective commanding officer (PCO), prospective executive officer (PXO) and CMC leader development path. Students are immersed into a course of instruction that includes ethics and ethical resilience, CPO Mess and leader development, emotional survivability, self-awareness, diversity and inclusion. The course is underpinned by Deliberately Developmental Learning Organization principles that help develop and foster healthy command culture, mission effectiveness and feedback.
“Our Navy is in a better place for the development work that is occurring in those classrooms with those students supported by the tremendous staff and faculty,” said Mantz. “The content of the course, adult learning environment, and free exchange of ideas from the community of students result in extremely high degrees of character and competence in these prospective leaders.”
NLEC provides six command-level leadership courses: PCO, PXO, CMC/COB, CO Spouse, CMC/COB Spouse and Major Commanders. These courses convene 14 classes annually for a student throughput of more than 1,200. Additionally, NLEC provides leadership and ethics courses for senior officers in the Senior Leadership Course (SLC), department heads in the Intermediate Leadership Course (ILC), new officers in the Division Officer Leadership Course (DIVOLC) and the soon-to-be-released Enlisted Leadership Development Course. SLC, ILC and DIVOLC classes are provided at three locations: Newport; Dam Neck, Virginia; and San Diego.
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