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NEWS | Aug. 11, 2021

Fleet Master Chief Breaks Bread with the Best

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Fleet Master Chief Derrick Walters sat down with Sailors who are preforming at the highest caliber within their directorates during a “Breaking Bread with the Best” luncheon, Aug. 11, 2021.

This initiative is part of the Navy’s ongoing approach to the Culture of Excellence (COE) owned by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) that empowers the Fleet to achieve warfighting excellence by fostering psychological, physical and emotional toughness; promoting organizational trust and transparency; and ensuring inclusion and connectedness among every Sailor, family member and civilian throughout their Navy journey.

“This experience means a lot and it not only speaks volumes to myself but my chain of command,” said Yeoman 1st Class Yanique Mott, luncheon participant. “I am a reflection of them and they are a reflection of me, so to be able to put my command in the spotlight in a good way says everything it needs to say. There is no one-puzzle piece that makes a puzzle without everything coming together.”

The Sailors chosen exhibit the Navy’s Signature Behaviors that were developed with the Secretary of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor initiative as a means to emphasize the positive and honorable behavior that our Sailors exhibit on a daily basis.

“My daily goal is to test my limitations, waking up every morning and pushing myself just to see what I can accomplish and what I can learn today,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Abbie Cabrera, luncheon participant. “It’s about how can I be better as a person and a better Sailor at the end of the day.”

COE is bundling and harnessing our existing Navy Core Values, Navy Ethos, Core Attributes and Signature Behaviors to create this transformation of behavior, norms and culture at every level of our Navy. The Navy’s culture is the sum of every Sailors behavior and the norms created.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.