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    SURFLANT hosts CMC Training Symposium

    NORFOLK, Va. – Aiming to improve leadership and increase ship readiness across the surface force, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), hosted a Waterfront Command Master Chief (CMC) Training Symposium here, Nov. 12.

    Designed to inform senior enlisted leadership about the importance of interpersonal relationships and available programs across the surface force, nearly 30 CMCs shared lessons learned and ideas during the training.

    “This symposium is the first of its kind and is meant to give relevant training to SURFLANT’s top enlisted leadership,” said Force Master Chief Jack Callison. “It was a great opportunity for our waterfront CMCs to express their views and insights in a forum-based training environment. I am looking forward to future symposiums, continually providing our leadership with up-to-date information and resources they can use to keep our Sailors informed.”

    “Leadership is a skill set,” said Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Larry Linton, Fleet Chief Petty Officer Training Team Lead. “If we don’t train and refresh our leaders, it’s a skill set that can diminish over time. It’s important that we come in and train and talk to our leaders about how we can improve.”

    The event included a number of topics intended to reinforce and refresh waterfront leaders regarding programs available to ships and their Sailors, such as 3-M, Navy Center for Language, and new Common Support Directorate procedures.

    “There was some good information on a variety of things: 3-M, ethics, leadership; it was all pretty invaluable,” said CMDCM Micheal Andreen from USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). “I got a lot of good contacts from this, other CMCs and program leads to help my ship improve.”

    The training also addressed the importance of ethics, “Sailorization” and leadership relationships. The speakers focused on the importance of taking care of Sailors and leaders taking care of themselves, and programs available to provide assistance.

    “Having just come back from deployment a couple of weeks ago, stress is high and there are definitely areas and topics that need to be addressed,” Andreen continued. “I felt the training pointed me in the right direction to help with a lot of the stressors associated with coming home. Suicide prevention is an ever-important subject, especially in a time where stress is high and thankfully, it was one of the areas covered today.”

    “We saw a need to get the CMCs together, get on the same page and hopefully, we can get many of them together once a quarter,” said CMDCM Scott Kelley, SURFLANT CMC. “We focus so much on training our Sailors and sort of forget it’s just as important to train ourselves.”

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    Date Taken: 11.12.2015
    Date Posted: 11.17.2015 19:30
    Story ID: 182205
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US 

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