Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) welcomed Command Master Chief (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) James Honea in October. Honea and his family are settling in and he looks forward to getting to know his new shipmates as well as spending some quality time with his family.
Honea enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command in San Diego. His first sea tour was on board USS John A. Moore. "While I was stationed in Long Beach, I met my wife Evelyn," he said. "We've been married now for 23 years."
In the meantime, Honea served on board USS Juneau, USS Dubuque, USS Bonhomme Richard and as the Command Master Chief on USS Gridley and USS New Orleans. Honea served shore duty at Navy Reserve Readiness Command in Oklahoma City, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and with Commander Naval Region Southwest in San Diego.
He also completed a deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as the command master chief petty officer of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix.
Honea's leadership principles, acquired through his considerable naval experience, are concise. "I think that if I were to boil it down, [what's important] is to know who you are and be yourself. Just try and do the right thing. I think that no matter where you are in life, if you are being yourself, trying to do the right thing and if you are encouraging those same things from the Sailors you work with, it doesn't get much easier than that: be yourself and do the right thing."
While Honea doesn't remember a precise moment when he decided to make the Navy a career, he found the uniqueness of Navy service to be compelling.
"I think what makes serving in the Navy unique is the Sailors," he said. "The Sailors that you are assigned with, the Sailors that you work for ... every one of them is unique in their own respect, but we all develop the same culture, a can do attitude ... we're going to get the job done. Failure is not an option.
"I appreciate that about the Navy," continues Honea. "I appreciate having shipmates, a person you can depend on when you go to sea. We depend on one another and lean on one another. Knowing that you can depend on Sailors is the thing I enjoy most about military service."
Honea plans to spend some of his free time enjoying the region's historical sites. "The things that attract me about coming to a place like Dahlgren is, one, its rich history and heritage that it has in naval service," he said. "Being a part of that is attractive to me. The location is great ... I'm so close to all kinds of rich national history. I look forward to getting out and about and learning more about our country's history."
Honea will also enjoy some quality family with his children. His son is a Sailor serving at Ft. Meade and his daughter attends college nearby. "We're a close family," said Honea. "Family is important to us."
NSASP's top enlisted leader has an open-door policy and said he looks forward to getting to know his new Sailors.
"Come and see me if you want to talk about anything," he said. "More than likely, knowing who I am, you're going to see me out and about on the base. And when you do, say hi to me, let me know how your day is going."