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Bataan Welcomes New CMC Just in Time for COMPTUEX

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Story Number: NNS090213-07
Release Date: 2/13/2009 2:11:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Stephen Oleksiak, USS Bataan Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The crew of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) welcomed a new command master chief (CMC)prior to Bataan's departure Feb. 3 for Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).

Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Brian Collier, a native of Schenectady, N.Y., begins his third CMC tour and joins Bataan just in time to prepare for an upcoming deployment.

"I'm very excited to take on this position," said Collier. "I've heard about Bataan's excellent work and outstanding crew, and I'm proud to be joining the team."

Collier said he joined the Navy to see the world and throughout his journey he received plenty of guidance to keep him on course.

"I wanted to go places while making something of myself and serving my country," said Collier. "I owe where I am today to the inspiration and guidance of my senior leadership and now it's my turn to do the same for today's young Sailors."

Like any organization, Sailors may often find themselves working with shipmates from past commands during their time in the fleet. Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) Juan Rivas served with Collier aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) from 2002-2005.

"I remember him being very professional and running his department flawlessly," said Rivas. "He's always been very approachable and quick to put a smile on the face of any Sailor."

Collier explained a good leader is one who will take the time to help point any Sailor in the right direction.

"One of my former CMCs took me aside as a young second class and told me what I needed to do to get focused and made sure that I was doing the best that I could at all times, and that's what I want to do for these Sailors," said Collier.

As Bataan's regularly scheduled deployment draws closer, concern and guidance for his Sailors is what's on Collier's mind.

"First and foremost our concern is returning from this deployment with every Sailor and Marine. However we want to make sure that everyone's families are informed and taken care of as well," said Collier. "While we're out in the theater, we want to make this blue/green team as strong as possible and get everyone home to their families. We want to make the ship successful through their own successes with training and teamwork."

Bataan is the fifth ship of the Navy's Wasp-class ships. She was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997, and is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name. CVL-29 was an Independence-class light aircraft carrier that was commissioned in November 1943. After serving in both World War II and the Korean conflict, CVL-29 was decommissioned in 1954.

For more news from USS Bataan (LHD 5) visit, www.navy.mil/local/lhd5/.



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