MCPON Kicks off West Coast Visits

Story Number: NNS111107-07Release Date: 11/7/2011 3:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Abraham Essenmacher, Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) traveled here Nov. 2, beginning a 10-day West Coast visit that will conclude in San Diego.

"These Sailors are playing significant roles throughout the Pacific on a variety of platforms and integral shore installations," said MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West. "Their contributions to our total Fleet success can't be overstated. I'm thoroughly impressed every time I come here and see how well they perform and how much pride they take in the entire PACNORWEST team."

MCPON's Fleet engagement trip began at Whidbey Island and moved to Everett, providing him with opportunities to speak to large groups of Sailors. In addition to addressing topics such as current Navy programs, budget concerns and uniform matters, West fielded questions from Sailors.

"Today's Sailors are asking tough questions that show me how serious they are about staying informed and invested in our Navy." said West. "I think it's very uplifting to visit and talk to engaged and smart Sailors such as the ones here in the Northwest. They follow the news and are interested in how the Navy is planning to deal with future challenges. They definitely keep me on my toes."

"MCPON West's visit reinforced my impression of his dedication to the Chiefs' Mess and all Sailors," said Chief Master-at-Arms (EXW/SW) Dean Cox. "I think the visit added a human dimension to MCPON West in regards to his approachability. He interacted with Sailors and civilian employees in a comfortable and informative manner."

MCPON also took the opportunity to attend Cox's reenlistment ceremony during his visit to Whidbey Island.

"It's a unique privilege to be a part of such a memorable moment in a Sailor's career," said West. "We don't reenlistment very often, so it's always special to reaffirm your oath to the Navy and the nation. I'm happy I had the chance to share that occasion with a fellow chief."

West continued his trip in Washington by visiting Bremerton and Bangor before heading to Nevada and California. Fleet engagements are intended to provide senior leadership with a frontline assessment of Sailors and what they are doing in the Fleet.

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MCPON Rick D. West speaks during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
111103-N-KQ416-154 NAVAL STATION EVERETT (Nov. 3, 2011) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West answers a Sailor's question during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/ Released)
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