MCPON talks about camaraderie with Hawaii Sailors

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano talks with Sailors and senior enlisted leaders during an all-hands call at Bloch Arena. Photo by MC1 Nardel Gervacio

MC1 John Herman

Navy Public Affairs
Support Element Detachment Hawaii

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano met with Sailors and toured various commands during his visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Jan. 8.

As part of the visit, the MCPON held an all-hands call at Bloch Arena where head-dressed hundreds of Sailors from local commands about the increase of suicides in the Navy and the importance of Sailors looking out for each other.

“One Sailor lost is too many,” Giordano said. “You know each other better than anyone else. If you see something which doesn’t feel right, check-in with your shipmate. It can make a difference.”

Giordano shared a story about a recent situation where a Sailor noticed something odd with a fellow shipmate. The Sailor stopped to see if everything was alright and, ultimately, prevented an attempted suicide and saved the life of a shipmate.

Electronics Technician Nuclear 1st Class Adam Erinç, stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, stated the MCPON’s comments on suicide prevention hit home.

Previously, he had helped two of his own Sailors overcome stressful times in their life. One confided that he had considered suicide.

“See something, do something,” Erinç said.

“Everybody has stress. What’s important is being there for them to talk to. When you see something that doesn’t seem right, just taking the time to stop and ask them if they are okay can make a difference.”

During the all-hands call, the MCPON made time for questions from the audience.

He also talked about the future of the Navy and the Sailor 2025 initiative.

Giordano also toured JBPHH Security followed by a visit at the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 Det. Hawaii.

His other visits also include a number of area commands such as Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Pacific Missile Range Facility and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93).

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