Thursday, June 24, 2010

Academy Welcomes New Command Master Chief

Dennis J Herring
Command Master Chief (SW) Jon R. Taylor meets Quartermaster 1st Class Michael Allen and other Academy enlisted sailors during a tour of the Naval Academy and NSA Annapolis. U.S. Navy photo by MCC Dennis Herring.
The Naval Academy recently welcomed the newest member of its staff in a change of charge ceremony held at the end of June’s Senior Enlisted Training Symposium.

Command Master Chief Jon R. Taylor relieved Command Master Chief Evelyn P. Banks at a ceremony held during the Chief Petty Officer and Gunnery Sergeant’s Mess dining-out held in Dahlgren Hall on June 3.

Taylor, a native of Kansas City, Kan., enlisted in the Navy in San Diego in June, 1986. After graduation from basic training, he attended Cryptologic Technician (Technical) class ‘‘A” school in Pensacola, Fla. Taylor has served in the Navy for 24 years.

Taylor was selected as a command master chief in 2007 while he was stationed at the Naval Information Operations Command (NIOC) Whidbey Island, Wash.

‘‘The part of my job that got me interested in becoming a command master chief was when I moved into leadership and beyond the job of my rating,” Taylor said. ‘‘It was more than knowing my job that allowed me to step outside and do things that got me involved with the command. As I began working with other departments, I found I really enjoyed what I was doing.”

‘‘Once I was selected for command master chief, I found I loved the job and my ability to have an affect on the future of the Navy.”

Prior to the academy, Taylor served as the command master chief for the USS Mt. Whitney (LCC⁄JCC-20) the command and control ship for the U.S. 6th Fleet, homeported in Gaeta, Italy.

Taylor said Mount Whitney is considered the Navy’s first hybrid ship with a crew that is equally comprised of Navy civilians and active duty sailors.

‘‘Even with different dynamics between Mt. Whitney and the academy, thinking outside of the box in both situations makes me feel well prepared to accomplish the mission here,” he said.

Taylor said the history and traditions of the academy were a big factor in his choice of the academy after Mt. Whitney.

‘‘I wanted to be a part of the history and tradition the Naval Academy represents for the Navy,” Taylor said.

He also said he looked forward to being able to help mold the future of the Navy.

‘‘My advice to midshipmen and sailors alike,” Taylor said. ‘‘Always be prepared. Use this opportunity you are given here to make yourself ready for the future.”