Thursday, May 5, 2011

Porter Newest Master Chief

The man you saw is a master chief. That's the highest rank an enlisted man can achieve in the Navy. A lot of good men spend their career trying and fail. -"Men of Honor" (2000)

Senior Chief Musician Aaron Porter has been selected as the Navy Band's newest master chief petty officer. Porter joins four other Navy musicians who were selected this year.

A master chief petty officer represents the pinnacle of the enlisted ranks in the Navy. A master chief is an expert in their rating, a superior leader and an experienced manager.

Porter is currently the Navy Band's public affairs director, a position he has held since 2008. In his short time heading the public affairs office, he has supervised the complete overhaul and upgrade of the band's website, the redesign and expansion of Fanfare magazine, the establishment of the band's social media presence (including this blog), increased marketing efforts, as well as a host of other initiatives, with more to come.

Prior to joining the support staff, Porter spent 22 years playing French horn in the Concert and Ceremonial Bands. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both in horn performance, from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

On hearing the news, Porter said "I'm honored to be selected to advance to master chief. In the Navy, no one advances to master chief without the help of others, and my staff in public affairs is a great team. As always, there are many deserving shipmates worthy of advancement to master chief, and I'm humbled by the opportunity to continue serving the Navy Band and the music program in this capacity."

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