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7 Association of the United States Navy ENLISTED AFFAIRS U.S. NAVY; PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS KEGAN E. KAY A s the Force Mas- ter Chief for Navy Installations Com- mand, I've had the pleasure of touring a majority of our Navy bases, both within the U.S. and abroad. I am consistently impressed by the caliber of Sailors who serve the shore enterprise. Our mission is focused on all efforts which support the fleet, fighter and family. One only has to look at last year's storm, Hurricane Matthew, to gain a greater appreciation for why I refer to what we do as shore operations. With less than 24-hours' notice, our person- nel assigned to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, along with our Region Southeast team in Jacksonville, Fla., led the evacuation of more than 700 family members off the island to safe haven in Pensacola, Fla., where our team there provided berthing and meals for those displaced families. Additionally, the team supported logistics and oper- ations of 10+ allied ships to the Caribbean in anticipation of additional humanitarian as- sistance in that area. Our team at Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. evacuated their personnel to west Georgia —and our team in Mayport, Fla., battled very aggressive winds to keep six warships safe from the hurricane. is is just an example of the teamwork that goes into caring for our warfighters, their families, and Navy operations. When I joined the Navy 32 years ago, the slogan was "It's not just a job, it's an adventure." For me, that adventure continues on a daily basis. e shore provides a perspective that most cannot imagine. I was initially blind to the many challenges and accom- plishments of shore operations. I can recall my first day as a base command master chief onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. I said to myself, "is should be easy. What can possibly go wrong on a base?" en about an hour later, an excavator accidently got tangled in some electrical wires and took out power to half of the base. is was also my first experience with shore warriors, the military and civilian team who support shore opera- tions around the clock. Just like aboard ship, they had procedures and resources in place to immediately tackle the emergency and to re- store operations as quickly and safely as possible. ey worked all night to restore power to the installation. e next day, those stationed on the base came to work and it was as if nothing had ever happened. Only a few understood that it was due to the outstanding effort of the shore team that made life ordinary again. Our shore enterprise is comprised of approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel, and 71 installations worldwide. I'm proud to work with these warriors, but most importantly, I'm honored to be a part of what I call the "shore family" supporting the fleet, fighter and family. CMC Andrew ompson has served aboard 6 ships— including 4 aircra carriers and 5 CMC tours ashore. He has been CNIC's CMC since May 2015 and he has two dozen personal and unit awards. Shore Operations on Shore Duty By Commander, Navy Installations Command Force Master Chief Andrew Thompson I'm proud to work with these warriors, but most importantly, I'm honored to be a part of what I call the "shore family" supporting the fleet, fighter and family. Service members attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay take shelter inside Denich Gym before Hurricane Matthew hits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.