Fleet Master Chief Rick West (SS/SW) will be taking over as MCPON.
“I’m awed and humbled at the opportunity to succeed Joe Campa, who is a longtime friend and trusted shipmate,” West told Navy Times on Dec. 5. “He made tremendous contributions to our Navy and chief’s mess — as I see it, he laid the foundation and it’s up to us now to build the structure.”
West will pick up a number of Campa’s final initiatives in various stages of completion.
Still in the works are chief’s standards and conduct boards — a chief’s mess alternative to captain’s mast; an overhaul of enlisted evaluations that would see junior sailors and petty officers graded on separate criteria; and the groundwork for an extensive overhaul of all enlisted warfare qualifications with an eye on making them mandatory for all sailors, and making them more rigorous.
Does my heart good to see a Submariner in the office, and I look forward to seeing him carry on with MCPON Campa’s programs. I think the current MCPON was on a good path towards revitalizing the Chief’s Mess, and I hope it continues.