As the nation prepares for a time of certain change, the Navy faces its own unknown future. The 4 November announcement that Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Joe Campa would retire and leave office on 13 December was unexpected. While we all wait to see what changes the historic presidential election will bring, the Fleet is left to wonder why MCPON Campa is leaving his post early, who his relief will be, and what changes are to come.
MCPON Campa's decision to retire, and do so after less than three years in office and one year short of high year tenure (master chief petty officers are allowed, but limited to, 30 years total active duty service), is curious. The Chief Petty Officer's Mess was shocked, and I dare say saddened, by the news. There are important questions to be asked, and answered, any time a prominent leader departs unexpectedly. The MCPON and the Chief of Naval Operations should address those questions.