The ability to lead others is an elemental characteristic of service in America’s Navy. Here, natural leaders are drawn to the pursuit of positions of influence and importance. And emerging leaders are challenged to build their leadership skills through ongoing leadership development. Meet some of the men and women who have answered the call to serve and who lead the mission of America’s Navy forward today.
Secretary of the Navy
The Honorable Ray Mabus
On May 19, 2009, Ray Mabus became the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy. His mission: to lead America’s Navy and Marine Corps, oversee an annual budget in excess of $150 billion and supervise nearly 900,000 people. He conducts all the affairs of the Department of the Navy – from recruiting to supplying, training to mobilizing. He also oversees the construction and repair of Naval ships and facilities, and he develops policies and programs in accordance with national security policies and objectives. Prior to his current post, Secretary Mabus served in a variety of top posts in government and the private sector, including serving as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Clinton Administration in 1994 and being elected Governor of Mississippi In 1988 (he was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top ten education governors).
Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
Admiral Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations on September 23, 2011. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, completing studies in nuclear power. His career as a submariner includes service aboard various submarines culminating in command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718). Admiral Greenert's Fleet Command assignments include service as Commander of: Submarine Squadron 11; U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; U.S. 7th Fleet; and U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He was also chosen Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Chief of Staff, U.S. 7th Fleet; Head, Navy Programming Branch and Director, Operations Division Navy Comptroller; and most recently, served as 36th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Greenert has earned numerous awards during his career, including six Distinguished Service Medals, a Defense Superior Service Medal and four Legion of Merit awards. In 1992 he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
MCPON (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens was born and raised in Montana. He graduated from Arlee High School in May 1983 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in San Diego in June 1983.
Stevens attended Aviation Structural Mechanic Apprentice School in Millington, Tenn., and his first duty assignment was with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two in Rota, Spain.
In October 2002, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron Eight in Roosevelt Roads, P. R., as the Maintenance Master Chief and Command Master Chief. In October 2003, Stevens reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola and shortly thereafter assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief. In August 2006, he became the Command Master Chief for Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 14 in Norfolk, Va. In September 2007, he was selected by Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic to serve as the Wing Command Master Chief for the largest Helicopter Wing in the U.S. Navy. In January 2009, Stevens was selected as the Command Master Chief for Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. Following 2nd Fleet, he served as the 16th Fleet Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from August 2010 to September 2012. Stevens became the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on Sept. 28, 2012.
Chief of Naval Personnel
Vice Admiral Scott R Van Buskirk
Vice Adm. Van Buskirk, a native of Petaluma, Calif., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 56th Chief of Naval Personnel on Oct. 11, 2011. Serving concurrently as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads over 20,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command, and Naval Education and Training Command.
He is entitled to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (seven awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.
Leadership by example
Unrivaled training programs. Empowering growth opportunities. Real-world, real-time experience. Whether leading a unit, an air wing or the Pacific Fleet, those in America’s Navy lead with purpose and conviction and put their leadership skills to good use. Guided by their dedication to the same set of core values: Honor. Courage. Commitment.
One Fleet, united
Currently, there are over 332,000 men and women serving on Active Duty in America’s Navy. They are supported by the over 125,000 uniformed personnel who make up the Navy Reserve. And whether serving full-time or part-time, whether fulfilling responsibilities as an Enlisted Sailor or Officer, whether working as a Navy Physician or a Navy SEAL, each member of America’s Navy represents a promise realized. The promise of what one person can accomplish. What one force can do for a nation. What one nation can mean to the world.