"What I Learned in Command at Sea"
(See C. M. Gaouette, pp. 32-36, January 2007 Proceedings)
Command Master Chief Petty Officer R. Mark Cummings, U.S. Navy-I thoroughly enjoyed reading Captain Gaouette's article. His remarks were well thought out and accurate in my experience relating In commanding officers at sea. I only noticed one omission that troubled me and that was the lack of mention of the important relationship between the commanding officer and the command master chief.
The CO/CMC leg of the command triad is critical to functional command operation just as is the CO/XO leg and the XO/ CMC leg. If dysfunction exists in any of these relationships, command effectiveness will suffer. Recognizing this fact, the Navy places special emphasis on the CO/XO/CMC relationship through dedicated training time during the prospective CO/XO/CMC courses in Newport, Rhode Island. Stress is placed on the critical significance of this three-way association as it applies to overall command leadership.