WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) announced the selection of the 14th master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) June 9, during an all hands call in Newport, Rhode Island.
CNO Adm. John M. Richardson said Fleet Master Chief Steven S. Giordano will take charge from MCPON Michael D. Stevens Sept. 2, during a change of office ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard.
"This was a very hard decision, perhaps the hardest I have made since becoming CNO," said Richardson. "Every nation around the world seeks to replicate the role played by U.S. Navy chief petty officers. After spending some time with our fleet master chiefs, it's crystal clear why. Each is superb in their own unique way. They really are the perfect blend of experience and professionalism, with little difference in their impressive resumes."
"As we encounter increased competition around the globe, the nation needs a capable and ready Navy today more than ever. Master Chief Giordano will play a central role in leading our team through the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow," said Richardson.
Giordano is currently serving as the senior enlisted leader for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa in Naples, Italy.
"Fleet Giordano is a great leader and someone who is fully capable to lead our Navy well into the future," said Stevens. "I am very excited for him and his family and there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a magnificent job."
A native of Baltimore, Giordano enlisted in the Navy in June 1989. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida, he reported to Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida, completing cryptologic technician training. Upon graduation, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 Agana, Guam, serving as a signals analyst and reporter and completed an operational deployment to Naval Security Group Det. Bahrain in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Giordano completed numerous operational deployments aboard surface ships and submarines in the Pacific and European areas of responsibility. His previous command master chief tours include time aboard the guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) and at Navy Information Operations Command Colorado. He has also served as the force master chief for Navy Information Dominance Forces and currently as the fleet master chief for U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S Naval Forces Africa.
Giordano holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and a Keystone graduate from the National Defense University.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards) and various unit and campaign awards. He is designated in information dominance warfare, submarines and surface warfare.
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