Hangin’ with the Royals

Anything built here, an unrelenting desert, was an act of sheer will imposed on territory unsuited for habitation. –Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King

Good Luck MCPON Stevens

For those in uniform or those of you who follow the Navy, I’m sure you’ve heard MCPON Rick West has retired. He was a tremendous leader, one I’ve seen in person when he pinned the Chief’s out in Fifth Fleet. His replacement, MCPON Mike Stevens, has got some big boots to fill:

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West stepped down as top enlisted leader during a Sept. 28 retirement ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, making way for Fleet Master Chief (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens.

Stevens is now the 13th MCPON. West served for nearly 32 years and as MCPON for the last four.

Retiring MCPON (SS:SW) Rick West, right, passes the sword to the 13th MCPON Fleet Master Chief (AW:NAC) Mike Stevens on Sept. 28 at the Washington Navy Yard. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, left, looks on.

“Now that I’m at the end of my career, I’m jealous of the sailors that are just starting theirs,” West said during the ceremony, noting that his nephew was graduating from boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., that morning.

Go fishing, MCPON West. Enjoy life, you’ve earned it.