CNO Selects Fleet Master Chief Rick West to Serve as MCPON

Story Number: NNS081205-21Release Date: 12/5/2008 5:39:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead announced his selection of Fleet Master Chief (FLTCM) (SS/SW) Rick D. West, as the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) in NAVADMIN 349, dated Dec. 5.

West is currently serving as Fleet Master Chief, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and previously served as Fleet Master Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He brings to this assignment 27 years of fleet experience, including six tours at sea highlighted by leadership positions aboard submarines and surface ships. In addition to his experience as Fleet Master Chief in the Pacific and Atlantic, he served as Chief of the Boat in USS Portsmouth (SSN 707), Command Master Chief in USS Preble (DDG 88), and Submarine Squadron 11, and Force Master Chief, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"From my earliest days in the Navy, and throughout my career, Chief Petty Officers have shaped and influenced me. Master Chief West has the experience, insight and confidence to continue to provide me that which I need to hear, not want to hear. He will have that degree of access and trust. I look forward to working closely with him in all that is ahead," Roughead said.

In the NAVADMIN, Roughead also praised MCPON (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., who took the helm in July 2006, citing numerous milestones Campa achieved in his time serving as the senior enlisted member of the Navy.

"MCPON Campa can take great pride in his many contributions during his watch. His extraordinary leadership, keen insight, and sound judgment enhanced the role of the Chief Petty Officer. He authored the Chief Petty Officer's mission, vision, guiding principles, revitalized the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's Leadership Mess, and empowered Fleet, Force, and Command Master Chiefs. Most importantly, he re-established the deckplate leadership that is the essence of a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. His efforts significantly increased the impact of Navy Senior Enlisted Leaders and, in doing so, improved the readiness of the Navy," Roughead said.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters of importance to enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to the many boards focused on enlisted personnel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and, maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

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Fleet Master Chief Rick West, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, answers questions during an interview at the U.S. Navy Memorial before a free summer
080812-N-9818V-075 WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2008) Fleet Master Chief Rick West, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, answers questions during an interview at the U.S. Navy Memorial before a free summer "Concert on the Avenue" performance by the Navy Band. The band performs at the Navy Memorial Plaza every Tuesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)
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