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Leaders Focus on Next Generation

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070205-11
Release Date: 2/5/2007 5:48:00 PM


By By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer R. Hudson, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy and Marine Corps non-commissioned officers discussed the importance of developing and retaining 21st Century enlisted leaders at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) West 2007 conference at the San Diego Convention Center Feb 1.

Master Chief of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa, Sgt. Maj. R. D. Himsworth, Marine Corps 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles W. Bowen talked about individual augmentees, family support for deployed service members, equipment and budget issues, and many more topics.

“I talk around the fleet and I'm inspired by what I see,” said Campa. “I'm inspired when I go and visit the corpsmen with the Marine Corps units. I'm inspired when I go to ships and see our Sailors doing their traditional mission out there, and one of the key ingredients to making that all work out there is good leadership.”

The panel explained how good leadership doesn’t rest solely in the hands of chiefs and above, it starts in the work centers with junior personnel.

“Everybody is a human being and everyone is going to make a mistake and as a leader that is something you should remember,” said Himsworth. “A brand new petty officer can do a lot more than a master chief, senior chief or chief because you are their first line of defense, so you need to sit down and talk to them and help them find their goals.”

Senior Chief Electronics Technician (SW/AW) Rick Kungler from Little Creek, Va., flew to San Diego to attend the conference and speak with MCPON Campa.

“I heard some very good things about what his viewpoints are and what ours should be,” said Kungler. “It is important to give it your fullest potential so you can train junior personnel and become a good leader.”

The panel discussed the challenges facing today's Navy and answered questions from the audience. Many ranks from all branches of the military were in attendance for the discussion to hear what the senior enlisted leaders of the sea services have to say.

"My expectation for every petty officer is that they are motivated for their own self improvement, but at the same time developing those that work with them," said the MCPON. "For the more senior petty officers, I want them to measure their success by the success of their Sailors. Not so much by what you’re doing for yourself but how those folks who you lead are succeeding."

The annual three-day AFCEA event brings government, military and industry together and serves as a professional development event with featured speakers and panel sessions.

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