MSC welcomes new command master chief

Military Sealift Command welcomes new Command Master Chief Kevin Blade, MSC’s senior enlisted leader and principal advisor to Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon for policies concerning morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline and training of Sailors. Blade previously served as the command master chief at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. The following blog post shares a few thoughts from Blade on joining MSC:

Command Master Chief Kevin Blade looks through the "big eyes" while on deployment aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) in 2010.

Command Master Chief Kevin Blade looks through the “big eyes” while on deployment aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) in 2010.

How has your Navy experience prepared you to be MSC’s command master chief?

I believe that my experience with MSC in 2001-2002 – along with many years of serving Sailors at sea – has prepared me for the challenges that are ahead of me in this position. Having an understanding of the MSC organization and the mission of the command is vital to being prepared for this job. It is an honor to be back at MSC in this capacity, and I look forward to working for and serving all the active duty Sailors, CIVMARs and our Navy civilians who are assigned at MSC.

As a Navy leader, who is your role model and why?

My role model has always been my grandfather, Mr. Earl Hirons. He was a hardworking blue collar worker who worked in a Chevrolet plant in Muncie, Ind., for over 40 years. His work ethic and his passion for his job and the people he worked with were always very inspirational. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 94 in 2008.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

People would be most surprised to learn that I love to play just about any sport, but I am most fond of getting on the ice and playing some ice hockey.

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