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Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune welcomes new Command Master Chief

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 am

Three is the lucky number for new Command Master Chief Michelle L. Brooks, who took the helm from Command Master Chief James Baker at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune June 4.

NMCCL will be Brooks’ third tour as CMC since being selected for the Command Master Chief Program in February 2012.

This will also be the third time Brooks has been the first female to serve as CMC where she has been stationed; first at Helicopter Sea Squadron 26, then at Naval Station Rota Spain and now at

NMCCL.

When Brooks leaves command in two years’ time, she will have served three decades in the Navy.

Brooks started her Navy career as a personnel man, which consists of career assistance and advancement.

While trying to expand her career, Brooks found her passion in assisting Sailors in finding success within their own careers, paving the way for her conversion to a Navy Counselor nearly a decade into her service.

“I didn’t know you could cross rate. I didn’t know that you could go into commissioning programs. All that I kind of figured out on my own,” said Brooks. “I wanted to make sure people knew what their choices were because I didn’t.”

Brooks has served at an installation and several squadrons and, although NMCCL is the third area of the Navy where she’s served, it is her first time being at a medical center.

“This is all new,” said Brooks. “It doesn’t matter because Sailors are still Sailors so you just do what you can to help lead them in the right directions.”

Brooks claimed that being a single mother to her son has been the most challenging part of her career and it is her son who created the most memorable moment during her time in service.

Three years ago her son, then 17 years old, attended Brooks’ reenlistment ceremony for the first time as she made a career change from an active reservist to active duty

“Having him there and him watching everything, I really saw him be proud for the first time,” said Brooks.

Brooks’ reenlistment in the presence of her son capped off the trio of the most proud accomplishments in her career, which include pinning on Chief as well as Master Chief.

Brooks looks forward to closing out her Navy career with the challenge of a new environment at NMCCL.

“Because I know we’re moving forward and changing rapidly, I’m excited about being part of that change and helping lead that,” said Brooks. “I want to do whatever I can to help the Sailors be successful and set them up for success here at the hospital.”

Brooks is a Qualified Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.

She has been presented three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University.