Naval Supply Systems (NAVSUP) Command hosted Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens during his first visit to Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pa., May 29.
During his visit, MCPON Stevens took many opportunities to discuss his “Zeroing in on Excellence” guidance that he released in November 2012 with senior enlisted leaders and Sailors. “We must control what we can, which is concentrating on what we have in our hands today,” he explained. “Put on a good uniform, show up to work on time every day, and also do your best every day, and this helps us concentrate on the three focus areas in my guidance, developing leaders, good order and discipline, and controlling what we own.”
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MCPON(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens speaks with the Chief Petty Officer Mess during his visit to NSA Mechanicsburg, and took the opportunity to speak about his “Zeroing in on Excellence” guidance, and the “war” against sexual assault.
(Photo by David Rea)
Daniel Olson, program manager for the Navy Cash program and afloat payment systems, briefed MCPON Stevens on NAVSUP's afloat solutions, now used aboard littoral combat ships and will be deployed next to Zumwalt class ships. Sailors will simply use their Common Access Cards (CAC) at the point of sale and will no longer pre-fund personal spending accounts, which currently exceeds $10 million every month. He was also briefed on the Navy Food Service, and the Navy Standard Core Menu (NSCM).
Later during his visit as he spoke with the Chief Petty Officer Mess, he said the military is fighting two wars, the war against terrorism, and a war against sexual assault. “I’ve asked every Chief Petty Officer to sit down with our Sailors at a minimum of one time a week, and speak to them about this,” MCPON Stevens explained. “Don’t look at it just from the top down, this also needs to be a ‘bottom up’ conversation about sexual assault. Then ask each Sailor to talk to their shipmates about it.”
“It’s our problem, and we need to take action now,” he added.
MCPON Stevens also took the opportunity to frock Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (CSCS) Carl Demus to Master Chief, serving at NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, and Engineman (EN) 3rd Class Michael Hall, serving at NAVSUP Headquarters, to 2nd Class. After the frocking, he said, “Don’t take these promotions as just making more money, you both now have more responsibility and accountability.”
“I was very excited that MCPON took the time out of his very busy schedule to come here and visit our Supply warriors here at NAVSUP,” said CMDCM(SW/AW) Sidney Dawson, command master chief of the Supply enlisted community. “I believe he does understand what our supply Sailors do for our Navy and nation.”
By David Rea, NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications