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Va. sailor named Navy's top enlisted sailor

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 5:04pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - The chief of naval operations has chosen a Virginia-based sailor to serve as the Navy's top enlisted sailor.

The Navy said Wednesday that Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens will be the service's 13th master chief petty officer of the Navy. Stevens currently serves as the fleet master chief at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk. He has held the position since 2010.

The master chief petty officer of the Navy serves as an adviser to the chief of naval operations and to the chief of naval personnel in matters that are important to enlisted personnel and their families.

Stevens may also be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

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