Navy ball speaker joins Sailors during CPO 365
Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Joe R. Campa Jr., who was the scheduled guest speaker for the Navy Birthday Ball, visited Sailors Oct.18 at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Campa has traveled the world, visiting Sailors in order to give back to the Navy family that has been a part of his life for more than 30 years.
Command Master Chief Larry Howard, command master chief NIOC Georgia, expressed his gratitude while serving with Campa.
“Campa and I served onboard the USS Frank Cable, under his leadership as command master chief, from 2003 to 2004. I know that his mentorship is what has guided me throughout the last 10 years of my career,” said Howard. “He was the model for how each of us should conduct ourselves as a Sailor and as a person. That example is what we are attempting to emulate at NIOC Georgia in our daily lives and in our CPO 365 program.”
Campa said that PT as a group is an important part of Navy life.
“The PT part [of CPO 365] brings everyone together in a way that is unique,” said Campa. “It’s out of the workplace and you’re challenging yourself physically, but you’re also creating a stronger bond throughout the command. That was evident this morning.”
During his visit, Campa shared his feelings about Navy pride, no matter the location.
“As you see everyone coming out to encourage each other, participate and take pride...that’s part of teamwork and building a team,” said Campa. “That pride was great to see, especially in an area where you’re surrounded by Army. The Navy being out here showing our colors and proud, was very motivating this morning.”