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Bringing messages of support and encouragement, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott stopped on Okinawa last week to visit with the USS Essex crew.

Scott spent the last half of March touring Navy facilities in the Pacific. He visited Sasebo Naval Base on March 28 — home of the USS Essex — before heading to Okinawa.

“It was good that he came and addressed the concerns of fleet sailors,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Covington said. “It lets us know that we’re in the thoughts of the Navy’s top leadership and that they care about us.

“I already knew about the issues he discussed, but I thought it was good for him to reiterate.”

Aboard the Essex, Scott spoke to the crew during an all-hands call, and relayed comments from Adm. Vern Clark, the chief of naval operations (CNO), and the vice chief of naval operations, Adm. William Fallon, according to a Navy news report.

The admirals’ message, the MCPON said: “Tell them, today they might not be on the front page, today they might not be in the headlines, but we require their commitment, their dedication and their effort.”

“A visit from MCPON is something really special, because he’s the enlisted person’s primary source of information and our link to the CNO,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Mulalley, an operations intelligence analyst. “So it’s good to be able to voice our opinion and discuss these things, and how we could change things.”

Said Capt. Ron Evans, the Essex skipper: “This visit offered a great opportunity for the enlisted sailors to … get a feel for the pulse of the Navy from the heart of the decision-making capital.”

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