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MCPON Visits Naval Station Rota

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110518-09

By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston, Naval Station Rota Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited service members aboard Naval Station (NS) Rota, Spain, May 10-14.

MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West visited NS Rota to show his appreciation to Sailors for their service and dedication to the military.

"It is my honor to be part of this organization," said West. "Having the chance to lead and work with young but proficient Sailors is something that I cherish."

MCPON held an all-hands call where he answered questions regarding policy, manning and the direction and future of the Navy.

"I want to be able to answer all of your questions, because all of you are out on the deckplates every day," West said. "You are the ones that make the Navy run. The Navy is constantly changing, and you need to be aware of that."

On the day before departure West acknowledged 30 years of honorable service by NS Rota Command Master Chief Charles Scavo, by participating in Scavo's retirement ceremony.

"Junior Sailors need to look at Master Chief Scavo's career and recognize how much time and effort he put into the Navy," said West. "Sailors should strive to do the same. Whether you do four years or 30, you need to look at your time in the military as a very special time of your life."

West also expressed how confident he is in the direction of the Navy and the professionalism of its young Sailors.

"I get very excited as I look around and see the caliber of young men and women of today's Navy," said West. "I know they are more than capable and knowledgeable to take the Navy to new heights. Individuals like CMC Scavo can step away knowing that the Navy is in good hands."

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