Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visits H.E. Mooberry Division/McCain Training Ship
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By Instructor (INST) Cecilia Hu
July 10, 2016

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited H.E. Mooberry Division/McCain Training Ship at the Washington Navy Yard on July 9, 2016 to have a round-table conversation about his experiences in the Navy and to pass along advice to the Division's US Naval Sea Cadets and League Cadets. MCPON is the highest ranked enlisted person (E-9) in the US Navy, and is the 13th person to hold this honor.

The two books recommended by MCPON during his round-table with the Cadets are:
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset by John C. Maxwell

MCPON's biography:
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens was born and raised in Montana. He graduated from Arlee High School in May 1983 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in San Diego in June 1983.

Stevens attended Aviation Structural Mechanic Apprentice School in Millington, Tennessee, and his first duty assignment was with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 in Rota, Spain.

Stevens was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in October 2002. He went on to complete a number of operational and Command Master Chief tours to include U.S. 2nd Fleet and served as the 16th Fleet Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Stevens’ academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College; Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government “Leadership in Crisis”; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; and the National Defense University Keystone course. He is an honor graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence from the Senior Enlisted Academy.

Stevens’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational “O”, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia, and Enlisted Naval Aircrew Wings.

Stevens became the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy September 28, 2012.

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Josephine B. Clay July 11, 2016 at 9:39 AM
Great write-up! What an invaluable opportunity for the cadets to interact with one of the leaders of the Navy.