Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW) Tom Howard visited Naval Station Everett to speak with Sailors at the Navy Operational Support Center Feb. 9. Howard held an All Hands call for the Sailors of Naval Station Everett and then a separate presentation for Sailors who have completed or were about to embark on Individual Augmentee (IA) billets. For the All Hands, Howard answered questions of Sailors about the Navy including IA missions, Uniform Regulations, and how the Navy works and how the Sailors can change it for the better. Advancement was a topic that was brought up and gave Howard a chance to explain the importance of preparing oneself for the advancement exam. “If you are up for the exam this coming cycle and not already studying for it you are doing yourself a disservice,” said Howard. “You want to sit down in front of your exam and know in your heart that you did everything humanly possible to prepare yourself for that test.” Howard talked about Tuition Assistance, why Sailors should take advantage of it and pursue an education while in the Navy. “It’s not rocket science,” says Howard. “We want you to help us help you.”
One of the questions raised was about the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and when and where they could be worn. Howard explained that the NWUs could be worn on base anywhere unless the Sailor worked in a certain area of the Front Office based on location and command. As an example, NSE Command Master Chief Schanche pointed out to Sailors that for NSE, as they didn’t work on the same deck the Commanding Officer does and weren’t in a front office or customer service environment, they can wear the NWUs. Those that work in the specified areas wear the Service Uniform. “I think our Sailors look good in the Navy Working Uniform,” says Howard. “I think they like to wear it.” On the subject of looking professional, cell phone usage in uniform was brought up. “I personally don’t think that there is anything professional about walking and talking on your cell phone when in uniform,” says Howard. The IA gathering was meant to be a chance for Sailors to share their experiences and concerns regarding the IA program. Questions about training, financing, and other aspects of such missions were brought forth and discussed by Howard and the rest of the group. “US Navy Sailors are doing things today that no other service does,” says Howard. “We have Sailors serving on ships, our Navy; Sailors in our Airplanes with our Air Force; and Sailors serving on the ground side-by-side our fellow Marines and Soldiers. The sky is the limit for us.” --Fleet sends
We had the awesome opportunity last night as we begin to bid farewell to an awesome Shipmate. Gigi Craig who has been with Kings Dominion for (it’s OK Gigi, I would divulge exactly how long!) at least 12 years is starting a new chapter in her life. Gigi for those who do not know, is the Kings Dominion Corporate Sales rep and more importantly to us, the Military Affiliation Representative.
Gigi came up with the idea about 11 years ago to have Kings Dominion sponsor and host a CPO day during the Chief Petty Officers Induction and the event has developed into an event along the east coast in which approximately 3500 Chiefs and family members have begun to take part in. This past year, there were 5 retired MCPON’s and current MCPON Rick West in attendance as well as 10 Fleet or Force Master Chief’s and over 40 Command Master Chief’s in which the CPO selectees were able to listen to the wisdom, experience and advice prior to their entering the Mess. “Real” Chiefs were also able to listen to the Navy’s Senior Enlisted and unanimously, they stated they wished they had something like this when they were selected.
Gigi was presented and honored as a Honorary Chief Petty Officer back in 2000 and based on what she has meant to the Chief’s Mess and done for the Sailors and their families, in coordination with the MCPON, Gigi was presented, pinned and celebrated as an Honorary Master Chief Petty Officer during a CMC/spouse social event Friday night at Oceana’s CNATTU ceremonial hangar bay.
Gigi, we’re all thankful and proud of what you’ve meant to the Chief’s Mess and wish you favorable winds and following seas during your transition. ---Fleet sends
Master Chief (SW/AW) Howard was selected and became the 15th Fleet Master Chief for the U. S. Fleet Forces on February 13, 2009. Full Bio
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