By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Clarke, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. addressed enlisted service members at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain July 1.
Campa focused on a wide range of topics, including individual augmentee (IA) missions, the importance of the Physical Readiness Test, rating mergers and off-duty education.
The MCPON also stressed the importance of leadership.
â€œI firmly believe that the quality of a Sailorâ€™s life is directly tied to the quality of their leadership,â€ said Campa. â€œAs I go out and visit commands to see how theyâ€™re doing, the commands that are doing very well are well lead. Those that are struggling have challenges in leadership. And that we need to strengthen.â€
Campa said he wants chiefs and petty officers standing before their Sailors and giving General Military Training (GMT) to supplement the online GMT courses.
â€œI want you to hear the tone of their voice and the conviction in their voice when theyâ€™re making a point about the training,â€ said Campa. â€œOnline training canâ€™t replace personal interaction. That passing down of knowledge from one generation of Sailors to the next is not done on a computer. Itâ€™s done by interaction between us.â€
Campa said Sailorsâ€™ comments and questions during all-hands calls donâ€™t go unheard with regard to decisions that are made by the most senior leaders in the Navy.
â€œBased on some of the things that have been said at all-hands calls, weâ€™ve changed what weâ€™re doing in the Navy,â€ said Campa. â€œWeâ€™ve changed policy, and weâ€™ve changed direction in some cases.â€
While addressing only enlisted Sailors, Campa stressed that itâ€™s his job to be those Sailorsâ€™ link to the most senior Navy officials.
â€œItâ€™s my connection with all of you that gives me a seat at the table of our Navy leadership,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s my ability to understand the tone of the force and the issues out there that gives me some credibility when addressing these issues with our Navy leadership.â€
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles â€œSkipâ€ Bowen and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Reserve Force Jeffrey D. Smith accompanied Campa during the all hands call.