Navy SEAL taking reins as fleet master chief will be a first
NAPLES, Italy — A Navy SEAL will become a fleet master chief for the first time in the service’s history this spring when Master Chief Petty Officer Derrick Walters takes the post at Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
Walters, now the force master chief for Naval Special Warfare headquarters in Coronado, Calif., will replace retiring Master Chief Petty Officer Raymond Kemp, who has been fleet master chief since August 2016.
“He (Walters) is a proven leader who brings a tremendous and very unique wealth of experience and will advocate for our sailors and their families serving overseas,” said Adm. James Foggo, Naval Forces Europe and Africa commander, in a statement.
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