A Command Master Chief's (CMDCM’s) main responsibilities are to provide transparency from top to bottom and back again, clearly and without artifice; and to manage the performance of the chiefs’ mess and, by extension, the entire enlisted element of the command. When a unit-wide evolution takes place, the command master chief represents the commanding officer (CO), guiding and overseeing, ensuring all hands are on deck and on task. In the CMDCM community it is accepted that each CMDCM is every bit as responsible for the success of a command as is the CO—authority and risk are in abundance.
Charting A Course: Time to Update the Command Master Chief Program
By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)