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Master Chief of the Navy quits

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    Posted: 21 Jun 2018 at 5:07pm
Amid allegations of a hostile and toxic workplace, the MCPON has retired! 
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Message from MCPON
June 21, 2018
To our Navy,
Let me start this by saying thank you. Thank you for allowing us the privilege and the honor to serve. My family and I have felt extremely blessed to have had you in our lives over the 29 years. My love for our Navy and our Sailors is absolute. For that reason, I seek to avoid any distraction from the success of our Sailors and our mission. I have informed the Chief of Naval Operations that I intend to step aside and submit my retirement request, in order to allow the CNO, our CPO Mess, and our Sailors to continue to move forward with the initiatives we have begun. The success of our Navy is not about one person or one individual, but rather the collective fighting spirit that has defined us over the last 242 years. It has been an honor to have been part of that team.
To the Leadership Mess and all Chief Petty Officers, I want all of you to know how extremely proud I am of the tremendous progress you have made leading our Navy forward. From day one, we challenged one another to communicate more across the horizontal and vertical playing fields. This meant we needed to be open to listening to one another and offering sound mentorship and advocacy in the best interest of our entire Navy. We also challenged one another to become more self-aware. We have learned from each other and about ourselves over the last year through readings and exercises. Things we have since used to make our organizations better at every level. Led by Fleet Master Chiefs, and supported by many of you. Today, our Navy, our Sailors, our Chief Petty Officers are more empowered, reinvigorated and owning their environments as a result of these efforts.
This has everything to do with your leadership! My role was to continue to ensure you were provided opportunities to bring the issues forward and the space to go after them. Some of the proudest moments were watching you in action speaking with the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Chief of Naval Operations and driving action for change that positively affected our Sailors’ lives. Knowing change is hard, you led the way on Laying the Keel, a system focused on stronger investment in deliberate enlisted leader development. Over this year-long effort and through much research, analysis, and direct feedback from our Sailors, you have put forward a strategy that will positively influence how we develop enlisted leaders across all paygrades for many years to come. Be proud of this accomplishment. I am.
Your support throughout numerous engagements with our Sailors has also led to meaningful changes at RTC, a refocus on technical competency and changes to advancement and selection board processes, improved fleet manning and logistics, removal of administrative distractions and reduction in collateral duties, improving child care and spouse employment initiatives, and our currently piloted evaluation system with focus on usable feedback. You have all demonstrated how a powerfully committed and focused group of Senior Enlisted Leaders can make lasting and positive change for our Navy.
To our Sailors, keep leading yourself, your families and our Navy as authentic, competent and courageous people. Elka and I leave secure in knowing that you have the watch. We are honored to have served alongside each of you. Our Navy is in the best of hands. God bless you, your families, and our entire Navy.
Sincerely and with the greatest respect and admiration,
Steven S. Giordano
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Blueback Base, Rogue-Umpqua Base, Olympic Peninsula Base
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