On January 13, 2017, the following message was released in honor of the establishment of the office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Below is the naval message in its entirety.
SUBJ/50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MCPON//RMKS/
- Today is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). At that time, the Navy was experiencing extremely low morale across its enlisted force, very low retention and very high attrition across its ranks. At the same time, our force was engaged in supporting the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. Out of all of this, it was decided a senior enlisted advisor was needed, someone who had the enlisted person’s mentality, experience and tenacity to be honest with Navy leadership about real challenges concerning the enlisted force. Of a very prestigious group, GMCM Delbert Black was selected to be our first MCPON.
- Many of you are familiar with this story, but on this day, 50 years hence, I request each of you to please take a moment to stop and reflect upon all the changes the Navy has made to improve the quality of life for enlisted Sailors and their families, and what we as Chief Petty Officers have played in that role. Throughout the years, each MCPON has made significant contributions to our force, strengthened our mess with their experience and turned what was once merely an advisory position to the CNO into an integral part of our Navy’s leadership structure.
- As we move forward this year, commemorating 50 years of the MCPON, remember our proud heritage as Chief Petty Officers, the many contributions each has made and will continue to do so as we move forward through the next 50 years.
- MCPON Giordano sends.