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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Incumbent
MCPON Michael D. Stevens

since September 28, 2012
Formation April 28, 1967
First holder Delbert Black
Website Official Website

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON, pronounced ) is a unique non-commissioned rate of the United States Navy, which has with it the paygrade of E-9. The holder of this rank and position of office is the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, equivalent to the Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is appointed by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest positions in the Navy. As such, he is the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations as well as the Chief of Naval Personnel. His exact duties vary, depending on the CNO, though he generally devotes much of his time to traveling throughout the Navy observing training and talking to sailors and their families. His personnel code is N00A as the senior enlisted advisor to Chief of Naval Operations and PERS-00D in his special advisory capacity to Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel and Training). In 1988, the MCPON's spouse was made the Ombudsman-at-Large, authorizing her to travel around the fleet with her husband, representing the interests of the spouses of enlisted members. While the MCPON is a non-commissioned officer, this billet is protocol equivalent to a vice admiral.[1]

Contents

  • Origin 1
  • MCPON Insignia 2
  • Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy 3
  • Timeline 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Origin

In 1966, the opportunity was given to sailors in the U.S. Navy's two largest concentration areas, Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California, to voice their concerns, complaints, and recommendations to the top levels of the U.S. Navy. The response was overwhelming; naval leaders realized that they were out of touch with the desires of enlisted sailors. To provide a permanent channel for input from the enlisted force to their senior leadership, the Navy acted on a suggestion to create a "Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Navy" who would have a direct dialogue channel with all enlisted sailors and represent their interests. Initially, the post was known as the Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Navy, and on 13 January 1967 GMCM Delbert Black was selected to serve a four-year term in that capacity. On April 28 of the same year, Black's title was changed to Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy to bring the Navy in line with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, which had created equivalent positions in 1957 and July 1966 respectively. MCPON Black's duties were to the Chief of Naval Personnel. All subsequent MCPONs have reported to both the CNO and CNP.

MCPON Insignia

During the MCPON's tour, a third silver star above the gold anchor is added onto the MCPON's collar and cap devices, as well as a rating badge consisting of a perched eagle atop three inverted gold chevrons, one rocker, and three inverted gold stars above the eagle. The MCPON's rating specialty mark is replaced by a single inverted gold star. The MCPON will also wear the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Badge on naval uniforms.

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy

No. MCPON Photo Tenure
1 MCPON Delbert Black 1967-01-13 – 1971-04-01
2 MCPON(NAC/CAC) John "Jack" Whittet 1971-04-01 – 1975-09-25
3 MCPON Robert Walker 1975-09-25 – 1979-09-28
4 MCPON(NAC) Thomas S. Crow 1979-09-28 – 1982-10-01
5 MCPON(NAC) Billy C. Sanders 1982-10-01 – 1985-10-04
6 MCPON(SW) William H. Plackett 1985-10-04 – 1988-09-09
7 MCPON(AW/NAC) Duane R. Bushey 1988-09-09 – 1992-08-28
8 MCPON(SW/PJ) John Hagan 1992-08-28 – 1998-03-27
9 MCPON(SS/SW/AW) James L. Herdt 1998-03-27 – 2002-04-22
10 MCPON(SS/AW) Terry D. Scott 2002-04-22 – 2006-07-10
11 MCPON(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa 2006-07-10 – 2008-12-12
12 MCPON(SS/SW) Rick D. West 2008-12-12 – 2012-09-28
13 MCPON(AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens 2012-09-28 – incumbent

Timeline

See also

References

  1. ^ Order of Precedence – OPNAVINST 1710.7J (NOTES: 7)
  • Crist, Charlotte D. Winds of Change: The History of the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy 1967-1992. Washington DC: Naval Historical Center, 1992. [A joint publication of the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and the Naval Historical Center which is available through the Government Printing Office and depository libraries.]
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