MCPON Stevens visits CFAY Sailors
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens and his wife Theresa, the Navy’s Ombudsman at Large spoke with Yokosuka Sailors June 22.
The pair also spoke with about 30 of the ombudsman from Yokosuka and various tenant commands during their visit to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).
“Being forward-deployed ensures that our Navy’s presence is where it matters, when it matters,” said Stevens. “The Sailors in Japan are absolutely critical to that aspect of what the Navy does.”
Stevens listened to the concerns of Sailors from CFAY, ships and tenant commands assembled at the base’s Fleet Theater. He spent the majority of the all-hands calls answering questions from individual sailors.
The questions ranged from possible changes in policy for Basic-Allowance-for Housing (BAH), to uniform allowances and the proposed changes to the maternity leave policy.
Stevens answered each question, taking time to fully explain his answers to the Sailors in attendance, and took photos with Sailors, before imparting a few words of gratitude shipmates.
“I believe it is important for each one of you to know that for me and my wife Theresa, we consider you all family”, Stevens said. “We love and care deeply for each and every one of you, and ask that you take care of yourselves and your shipmates.”
CFAY provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 Military and civilian personnel.