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    US Fleet Forces announces new fleet master chief



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    Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

    From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

    NORFOLK, Va. -- U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) announced the selection of the fleet master chief, the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Fleet Forces and fleet sailors operating in the Atlantic, Oct. 2.

    Command Master Chief Paul Kingsbury, who is currently serving as the top enlisted Sailor at Naval Safety Center Norfolk, will relieve Fleet Master Chief Chuck Clarke, who is retiring after 29 years of faithful service.

    “Master Chief Kingsbury is the right leader at the right time for our U.S. Fleet Forces Sailors. He has a broad range of operational experience and the technical expertise necessary to represent our deck plate Sailors," said Adm. Phil Davidson. "I would like to personally congratulate him and welcome him back to the Fleet. I’d also like to thank Fleet Clarke for his exceptional and dedicated service to our great Navy and the hard-working men and women who make this the finest Navy in the world. We will miss him very much."

    In his new assignment, Kingsbury will become the command's senior enlisted advisor for more than 100,000 active duty and Reserve personnel who serve on more than 120 ships and submarines and nearly 80 shore activities within the U.S. Fleet Forces Command area of responsibility.

    "Master Chief Kingsbury is a well-seasoned senior enlisted leader with documented, outstanding performance across multiple warfare communities," said Clarke. "The welfare, personal and professional development of our Sailors is always at the forefront of his mind. He will provide the commander with the necessary insight and perspective to increase mission readiness throughout the fleet."

    Kingsbury, who was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enlisted in the Navy in 1987. His previous assignments include USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), nuclear instructor duty at the MARF prototype in Ballston Spa, New York, USS Mississippi (CGN 40), USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Pre-Commissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

    Prior to Naval Safety Center, he served as the command master chief aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10), Strike Fighter Squadron 211, Commander Joint Region Marianas’ and Commander Navy Region Japan.

    Kingsbury attended Recruit Training, Nuclear Field Electrician "A" school and Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and qualified as an Electrical Operator at the S3G prototype in Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU), Ballston Spa, New York.

    He is a graduate of the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, the National Defense University’s Senior Enlisted Keystone course, the Navy Senior Leader Seminar, the Strategic Planning for Execution Workshop, and the Leading Change in Safety Management System course. He has completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.

    His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and various service and campaign awards. He is qualified as both an Enlisted Surface and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.

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    Date Taken: 10.02.2015
    Date Posted: 10.02.2015 15:46
    Story ID: 177930
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US 

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