Coast Guard changes most senior enlisted chief petty officer in Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt assumed the duties of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from Master Chief Petty Officer Charles W. Bowen during a Change of Watch ceremony in Cape May, N.J., Friday, May 21, 2010.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard is the most senior enlisted chief petty officer and acts as a personal advisor and assistant to the Commandant in matters affecting the enlisted members of the Coast Guard, active and reserve, and their families.

Vadm David Pekoske, Vice-Commandant of the United States Coast Guard issued the following message to all Coast Guard units this afternoon.

“I am pleased to announce that Master Chief Michael P. Leavitt has relieved Master Chief Charles W. Bowen as the Eleventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast guard at 1300 today.

Master chief Leavitt has demonstrated his commitment to our core values by his outstanding performance during a 28-year Coast Guard career. Master Chief Leavitt most recenlty served as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Deputy Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters. He has served in various afloat and ashore assignments including Officer in Charge (OIC) of Station Maui (HI), USCGC Point Doran (WA), Station Hatteras (NC), Station Ocracoke (NC), Station Humboldt Bay (CA), Station TIllamook Bay (OR), and Station Cape Disappointment (WA). Based on his professional knowledge, commitment to the entire workforce, and dedication to the service, he will be a great addition to the Coast Guard Senior Leadership team.

I thank Master Chief Bowen for his 32 years of exceptional military service to the Coast Guard and the nation. His leadership, professional skill, and wise counsel will be missed. He was truly dedicated to the welfare of the entire Coast Guard workforce and their family members. He worked diligently to ensure pay and benefits parity with our DOD counterparts and to raise awareness of the deteriorating condition in some of our aging housing units. His efforts will bear fruit for future generations of Coast Guard men and women. Throughout his tenure, he elevated the value of the service to new heights in the eyes of our external stakeholders. As a leader, he epitomized the Guardian Ethos. Those words adorned the walls outside his office but more importantly,he lived the Guardian Ethos in his daily actions. He leaves an enduring legacy for all of us to emulate and I wish him and his wife Janet all the best in retirement.”

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt assumes the duties of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from Master Chief Petty Officer Charles W. Bowen during a Change of Watch ceremony in Cape May, N.J., Friday, May 21, 2010. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

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