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FCPO symposium to feature MCPONs Scott, Herdt, FORCM Port

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:07 p.m. CDT
(Paul Engstrom)
Some members of the committee putting together the Leadership Symposium: (From left) ET1(SW) Jodi Geibel, FHCC; SH1(SW) Rich Wheeler, FHCC; NC1(SW) Luz Bautista-Abad, CNRMW; MA1(EXW/SW) Megan Douglas, RTC; YN1 (NAC/AW) David Kincaid, NSGL; and HM1 Sharon Barker, RTC, gather for a group photo in the rotunda of Bldg. 1 aboard Naval Station Great Lakes. More on page 13

Two former Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy (MCPON) will join FORCE Master Chief Jon Port, Naval Education and Training Command, during a three-day leadership symposium, April 28-30, on board Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC). The leadership symposium is sponsored by the Great Lakes Area First Class Petty Officers Symposium Committee.

“To me it’s networking at its finest,” said ET1 Jodi Geibel, planning committee chair for the Great Lakes Area First Class Petty Officers Symposium. “I’m extremely proud of each command coming together to plan an event like this.”

The slogan for the symposium is “Building a Stronger Foundation for Undivided Leadership.”

Ross Theater will be the venue on the opening day of the symposium, Monday, April 28. The symposium will begin at 7:30 a.m. MCPON Terry Scott will be the morning’s keynote speaker. In the afternoon, MCPON James Herdt will speak, followed by FORCM Port. Topics covered will be generational leadership, mentorship, overcoming adversity, and the board selection process.

Herdt, the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, served in that capacity 1998-2002. A native of Casper, Wyoming, Herdt enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966. After attending Machinist’s Mate “A” School in Great Lakes, he served sea tours aboard the USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659),  USS Texas (CGN-39), USS Cincinnati (SSN-693), and on the staff of the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., prior to his tour as Chief of the Boat aboard USS Skipjack (SSN-585). He served as Command Master Chief at Nuclear Field “A” School, Orlando, Fla., onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and here at Great Lakes, when the base was known as Naval Training Center. 

Scott served as the 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, 2002-2006. He was born in Buffalo, Mo. Before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he lived in Louisburg, Ks. He joined the Navy in December 1976, and began his active duty service in 1977. He completed the Missile Technician training, Basic Enlisted Submarine School, and the Navy’s Instructor training school. He was later certified as a Master Training Specialist. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in 1990, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Assignments at sea included USS John Adams (SSBN-620); USS James Madison (SSBN-627) - Missile Division Leading Chief Petty Officer; USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) - Chief of the Boat; and Strike Fighter Squadron 192 - Command Master Chief. Ashore, he served Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor – Command Master Chief; and Naval Forces, Central Command and Fifth Fleet – CNO-Directed Command Master Chief.

Port was born in West Chester, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1986 and completed Basic Training in Orlando, Fla. He spent 18 months as a non-rated Seaman prior to reporting to the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Monterey, Calif. for Russian language training, and was selected to remain for six months of extended intermediate Russian language training. He completed technical training at Naval Aircrew Candidate School and Morse code training prior to reporting to Naval Security Group Detachment, Brunswick, Maine. He accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours, 600 of which were combat flight hours in support of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Provide Hope, and Continue Hope. He was awarded an Individual Action Air Medal for a mission flown over Mogadishu, Somalia.M aster Chief Port holds a Masters in Business Administration, a B.S. in Political Science and is a designated Master Linguist. Port reported for his current assignment as the Naval Education and Training Command Force Master Chief in Feb 2013.

On Tuesday, April 29, the venue will be the Navy Operational Support Center Chicago, in NSGL Bldg. 190. MCPON Herdt will speak at 8 a.m. An FCPO/CPO pride run will be integrated with the SAPR 5k.

Wednesday, April 30, the symposium will move over to Lovell FHCC’s Bldg. 4 for advancement exam tips and community breakouts and discussions.

To learn more about the symposium, contact event coordinator ET1 Jodi Geibel at 847-688-1900, ext. 80860, or by email at

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