About the Discussion

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, James M. Honea will participate in an in-depth discussion on three Calls to Action sent to Chief Petty Officers and CPO Selectees throughout the fleet. These Calls to Action focus on 1) Warfighting Competency, 2) Professional and Personal Development, and 3) Quality of Life.

Much like the real conversations held in a Chief's Mess, this SITREP will prompt open discussions around leadership, character, culture, and accountability. It will highlight the high standards that Chief Petty Officers must achieve, maintain, and teach.

It will also focus on the investment Chiefs must make in our Sailor's today to rise above our adversaries and support a stronger Navy and nation.

About the SITREP Speaker Series

The SITREP Speaker Series brings the top minds in Navy leadership and gives them a platform to speak directly to the American public via live stream. This is a unique opportunity for Navy leadership to address a national audience, allowing this audience to ask questions about what the Navy is doing to defend our freedom and protect our way of life. 

MCPON James M. Honea will join a long line of prestigious guests, including Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Sean Buck, Commander, Naval Safety Command RDML Fredrick Luchtman, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / FIFTH Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces VADM Brad Cooper, Chief of Chaplains of the Navy RDML Gregory Todd, Chief of Navy Reserve VADM John B. Mustin, and most recently, Commander, Naval Information Forces VADM Kelly Aeschbach.

Previous topics have included strengths and threats in the current climate, integrated deterrence, the Navy’s ever-growing capabilities, our relationship with partner nations, safety management, spiritual readiness, and more.

About the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, James Honea, a native of Lubbock, Texas, comes from a military family, son of a retired Air Force Major, he began his military career in 1987, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California he reported to his first command aboard the USS John A. Moore (FFG 19) where he was rated as a Boatswain’s Mate. He rose through the ranks serving aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10), USS Dubuque (LPD 8), and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). In 2006 he was promoted to master chief and in 2009, he was selected to serve as a command master chief and completed tours aboard the USS Gridley (DDG 101) and later on USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

His shore assignments include Navy Reserve Readiness Command Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and Commander, Navy Region Southwest, San Diego, California. He also completed an individual augmentee (IA) assignment as a command master chief, U.S. Navy Embedded Training Teams, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, deploying to Afghanistan. He served as the command master chief at Naval Support Activity South Potomac as well as command master chief, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet. As a fleet master chief, he completed tours at U.S. Pacific Fleet and at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
James M. Honea

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) as well as numerous unit, campaign awards. He's a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Command Master Chief Course and Senior Enlisted JPME Keystone Course from National Defense University.

He assumed the duties as the 16th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on September 8, 2022.

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