Fair Winds and Following Seas: Words from our CMC

by NAF Atsugi
Stripes Japan

As my time as “The People’s CMC” here at NAFA comes to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and a half spent serving alongside the outstanding group of Sailors, Civilians and MLCs that make up Team Atsugi.

It has been a real honor working here. It really has. My leadership style is a bit unique; I like to have fun while meeting the mission and you all have succeeded at every turn, not just meeting, but exceeding the standard and we’ve had a great time doing it. From flag-level visits, including the Vice President, to command inspections, real-world operations and exercises alongside our JMSDF counterparts, we took every pitch and knocked them out of the park. For that I have to say thank you!

I have a few pieces of advice I’d like to offer as I depart for Guam. First and foremost, keep pushing forward. Set your goals and attack them. Stick to your plan and use the resources available to you to keep you on course. It’s your career, whether you’re here for four years or twenty, keep your head down and move forward. Don’t be stagnant. You joined the Navy for a reason. Make yourself and those you love proud!

I hope I demonstrated during my tenure as CMC that leadership is here to support you. As I’m sure you noticed, my door was always open and I sincerely hope that I helped those of you who took advantage of that and walked in to see me when you had an issue, or just wanted to chat. My goal when I checked in was to try to make the base a better place and I hope that together, we accomplished that.

It’s been an absolute joy working with everyone here. I was blessed to have a great Chiefs Mess, some outstanding Future Chief Petty Officers in the First Class Mess and a tremendous group of E5 and below, who we all know do the real work every day out on the deckplates. And I certainly haven’t taken for granted the contributions of our Civilians and MLCs. We couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’re ever in Guam, my door will still be open. Stop by and say hi, and as always, Live Long and Prosper!

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