4-5-2013

Navy Reserve Selects 15th Force Master Chief

Command Master Chief Clarence "C.J." Mitchell will become the 15th Force Master Chief for the Navy Reserve in October.  In his new position, he will be responsible for advising the Chief of Navy Reserve on matters affecting the morale, retention, Sailor development, and general well-being of over 53,000 enlisted Navy Reserve personnel. The Force Master Chief is also charged with ensuring active communications throughout the force, instilling a sense of heritage, and actively promoting Navy core values to all Sailors.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who enlisted in the Navy Reserve in May 1989, Mitchell currently serves as the command master chief for Navy Reserve Forces Command. He will relieve Reserve Force Master Chief Chris Wheeler and is already looking ahead to his new post.

"The office has a legacy of advocacy for Reserve Component Sailors and their families. I'm excited and eager to continue that legacy," said Mitchell. "I plan to focus on continuing our culture of readiness with flexibility, providing the Navy valued capabilities, and caring for our most valuable resource, our Sailors."