FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Two senior chief petty officers were frocked to the rank of master chief petty officer at a pinning ceremony held at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters May 8.
The new master chiefs are Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) (IDW/SG/NAC) Jeff Tucker and Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Networks) (IDW/SW) Joel Brown.
“The frocking marks the culmination of these Sailors’ hard work and dedication,” said Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, commander FCC/C10F. “I think most people realize this rank is not just given away based on longevity, but is based on their hard work and the differences they have made to the mission and their Sailors.”
Tighe also acknowledged the family members in attendance and thanked them for their support.
“Today as your family pins on those two-stars, I know you will remain committed to the mission and our Sailors,” Tighe went on to say. “Our business has never been more relevant than it is today. The challenge has never been greater, but nor have the opportunities.”
Brown said he was honored to be selected and attributed his success to his fellow shipmates.
“My selection is largely due to the hard work and dedication of others I have worked with throughout my career,” said Brown. “It also means the Navy will expect more of me and I will owe more to my Sailors.”
The master chief petty officer rate was established on June 1, 1958, under a 1958 Amendment to the Career Compensation Act of 1949.
“Today we celebrate the frocking of two outstanding Sailors to a rate established almost 56 years ago,” said Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collections) (IDW/SW) James Eaton , FCC/C10F senior enlisted leader. You are a in a special group, as “…only 1.25 percent of enlisted military population to become master chief petty officers,” Eaton said.
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) is the Navy component of U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command.
U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F) is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure that is similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, 10th Fleet provides operational direction through its Maritime Operations Center located at Fort George Meade Md., executing command and control over assigned forces in cyberspace operations and defense, information operations, electronic warfare, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.